child abuse

Complex PTSD: What Exactly is It?

Complex PTSD: What Exactly is It?

The struggle with mental or emotional illness is largely an unseen one. Most people who battle internal demons appear, to others, to be perfectly physically healthy. It can be difficult for some people to understand that someone who seems healthy most of the time can be completely unwell and unable to control their emotional responses […]

Beyond Bars: Drug War Ideology in the Civil Child Welfare System

Beyond Bars: Drug War Ideology in the Civil Child Welfare System

Among drug policy reform activists, there is a consensus that punitive approaches should not constitute the bulk of our national strategy to reduce the harms associated with addiction and problematic use of drugs. Whether in recognition of its fiscal irresponsibility, its conflict with public health goals, or its disparate impact on brown, black, and poor […]

Stay Strong Dylan Farrow

Stay Strong Dylan Farrow

IMAGE: Vincent Van Gogh, Girl in White in the Woods Trigger Warning: This article discusses childhood abuse & sexual abuse. Dear Dylan Farrow, I don’t know you, and all I know about your history is what I have been able to glean from your letter, your past interview, and the records of the court case between […]

Child Protective Services & Family Court: The Last Gasp of the Drug War

Child Protective Services & Family Court: The Last Gasp of the Drug War

PHOTO: Jonathan Oakley What’s worse than going to jail for cannabis?  Your children taken away by child protection services for it.  If you’re incarcerated, you receive a specific custodial sentence — which may be reduced for good behavior or perhaps even commuted — during which you are guaranteed visits with your family.  You can count down […]

Why Didn’t I Leave This Violent Relationship Sooner?

Why Didn’t I Leave This Violent Relationship Sooner?

“Why didn’t you leave sooner?” I’m asked. “Because I knew this would happen.” It really shouldn’t come as a surprise that I ended up in this situation. Growing up, I was abused by my parents. My father used to do cocaine. My mother enjoyed wine coolers and pills. Children whose parents abuse alcohol and other […]