Posts Tagged: child abuse

ENOUGH: On Junot Díaz, from a Survivor

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A Rumpus series of work by women and non-binary people that engages with rape culture, sexual assault, and domestic violence.

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The Color of Discipline

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The violence inflicted by black parents onto their children was born out of both love and a deep, abiding fear for that child’s ability to survive the American caste system that devalues black life.

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ENOUGH: He Could Kill Me

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A Rumpus series of work by women and non-binary people that engages with rape culture, sexual assault, and domestic violence.

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Rumpus Original Fiction: Even the Moon

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When you finished, several minutes passed before we spoke. You dipped a finger in a pool of candle wax. How could I know this was the only real secret you’d ever kept?

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The Final Girl

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I wanted to be scared because being terrified taught me how to survive.

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The Thread: Volcanoes

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Is there a relationship between the violence that came through me, and the violence that came at me?

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In Defense of Sinead O’Connor

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“Remember Sinead?” I asked. My mom nodded her head and shrugged.

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Guns or No Guns: Mental Health Crisis in Schools

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I do the best I can to reach out to those I see isolated or disturbed, but I have to also be careful I don’t make myself a target.

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ENOUGH: I Am Never the Same Girl Again

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A Rumpus series of work by women and non-binary people that engages with rape culture, sexual assault, and domestic violence.

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The Peep King’s Legacy: A Family Portrait

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The day after Hugh Hefner died, I received a text from my sister that our grandfather was starring alongside James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal in HBO’s new series, The Deuce.

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The Logic of the Book: Talking with Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

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Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich discusses The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir, the importance of narrative structure, and the difference between facts and stories.

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It’s Never Too Late to Be Found: A Conversation with Rene Denfeld

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Rene Denfeld discusses her latest book, The Child Finder, the ways in which trauma traps us, and the important role of imagination in finding resilience and escape.

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Finding the Finally: Alice Anderson Discusses Some Bright Morning, I’ll Fly Away

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Alice Anderson on her memoir, Some Bright Morning, I’ll Fly Away, drag, and motherhood.

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The Colonizer

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It felt like one of those soundtracks where the needle scrapes across the record, and silence prevails.

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“Everywhere They Hurt Little Girls”: Female Revenge in Game of Thrones

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In Westeros, revenge mostly operates within the feminine realm…

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Conversations with Writers Braver Than Me: Jessica Berger Gross

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Jessica Berger Gross discusses her new memoir, Estranged: Leaving Family and Finding Home, walking away from her parents age of twenty-eight, and the importance of boundaries.

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The Saturday Rumpus Essay: The Diggins

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I was told that I was “a good digger” if I was behaving as a young child, working hard, and not talking back. Like nursery rhymes, the rhythm of racism cannot be forgotten.

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The Rumpus Interview with Viet Thanh Nguyen

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Viet Than Nguyen discusses his story collection The Refugees, growing up in a Vietnamese community in San Jose in the 1980s, and the power of secondhand memories.

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Conversations with Writers Braver Than Me: Jason Diamond

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Jason Diamond discusses his memoir Searching for John Hughes, confronting his childhood abuse, avoiding his parents, and writing about all of it.

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This October Sunday

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Here we are again, another one-run game, another last chance.

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The Rumpus Interview with J.D. Vance

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J.D. Vance talks about his memoir, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, the perils of upward mobility, and never forgetting where you come from.

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The Saturday Rumpus Essay: Fairy Tales, Trauma, Writing into Dissociation

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Our bodies are incredible and intelligent things.

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The Saturday Rumpus Essay: Heirlooms

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The strings of our DNA mark us as one, but it’s the roots of our memories that bind us.

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The Saturday Rumpus Essay: The Leaving Deficit

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Feathers are a gift and flexible protein. Mom put down tobacco and ran her fingers over its exposed parts. She told me the salmon run is coming and this bird would have wanted for nothing.

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Narrowly Avoiding the Spotlight

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It took me nearly twenty years and the power of a fine film to fully realize what happened to me in the confessional was an inappropriate act by an adult against a child.

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Mountain Goats - The Sunset Tree | Rumpus Music

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

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

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