Posts Tagged: Abuse

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The Saturday Rumpus Essay: The Kill Shot


1964, a month prior to the anniversary of JFK’s assassination, a different home movie shot. Infant toss. Up-down. Plummeting. I’m ten months of age—picking up speed. ...more

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Jennifer Whitaker


Jennifer Whitaker discusses her new collection The Blue Hour, persona poems, the violence in fairy tales, and writing about sexual abuse. ...more

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Albums of Our Lives: The Mountain Goats’s The Sunset Tree


I knew if I could make it out of town, make it to college, I would survive. But I wasn't sure I would. ...more


The Saturday Rumpus Review: Little Minnie at the Movies


Being a teenager sucks. It’s not pretty or nice or sweet or kind. ...more

The Repercussions of Modern-Day Witch Trials


We like to think mass hysteria about black magic in the US died with the Salem witch trials, but 300 years afterward, starting in the 1980s, childcare providers across the country were accused of “Satanic abuse.”

One such case involved Fran and Dan Keller, who ran a daycare center in Austin and went to jail after being accused of using children in outlandish “Satanic rituals” involving murder, cannibalism, grave robbery, and sexual abuse.


“Teenage Girls Aren’t Pining for Roman Polanski”


After Chris Brown’s inventively profane online spat with comedian Jenny Johnson and his subsequent departure from Twitter, the public is left to wonder once again just how Brown’s actions fit into the ways our society views race, gender, and abuse.

Luckily, Rumpus essays editor Roxane Gay has written a Tumblr post breaking it all down for us:

“Chris Brown continues to face backlash because he continues to remind us that he is an asshole.