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If I am honest, we are strangers sitting together. Though we lived in the same house, survived similar ordeals, we have each grown to become our own women. With time we have learned to hold our secrets close rather than share. –Sejal Badani, Trail of Broken Wings

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of siblings who endured abuse and their relationship with each other.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your relationship with your sibling(s).

Art Prompt: Sisters

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about something you and one of your siblings went through together.

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Hilda Nilsson (1876 – 10 August 1917) was a Swedish serial killer from Helsingborg who became known as “the angel maker on Bruks Street.”…

As a way to raise cash, Nilsson cared for infants in return for money from mothers who were not married and needed help. At that time, having a child outside of marriage was a shameful moral crime, and caring for these children for a fee (known as baby farming) was a common practice…

Nilsson murdered the children she took care of shortly after their mothers left them in her care. This was possible because the authorities rarely knew of these babies’ existence. Furthermore, the mothers almost never wanted to come back to learn how their children were doing…

Nilsson was different from other baby-farmer child killers of that time, in that she actively killed the children. Most others simply left the children with insufficient food and in unhealthy living conditions, which led to their death. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about baby farms.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel when you see a mother abusing or neglecting a child? How should our society handle that/

Art Prompt: Neglect

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about how child protective services shelters resemble the baby farms of the past. Make a suggestion as to how to protect children in our society. 

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By the time we’re ready to tell others of our abusive experience, we realize that the narcissist has preempted us and gotten THEIR WORD OUT FIRST. While we’ve been dealing with what we thought were real emotions and a real relationship, the narcissist has already strategized their exit plan. They get their words out: The words that we know intimately are nothing short of pathological lying and twisting revisionist history. The narcissist will tell others we’re crazy, a stalker, vengeful, a poor loser, losers, or emotionally unstable. They’ll cite our reactions to their abuse as evidence, never mentioning the abuse that caused our reactions.

Those who have been manipulated by the narcissist’s façade, who have been purposefully themselves manipulated by the image the narcissist wishes to portray, these “onlookers”, by believing or even lending their ears to the narcissists tall tales and outright lies, become unknowing participants in our further abuse. –What Happens When Targets Aren’t Believed at ANA

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of someone escaping from a narcissistic abuser.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you felt like you were manipulated, but you didn’t understand how.

Art Prompt: Protest abuse

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about narcissistic abuse and how they can help people trapped in these relationships.

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A new global review reveals that elder abuse — which includes psychological, physical, and sexual abuse; neglect; and financial exploitation — is common among community-dwelling older adults and is especially prevalent among minority older adults. Older adults with cognitive and physical impairments or psychosocial distress are also at increased risk of elder abuse.

In North and South American epidemiological studies, the prevalence of elder abuse ranged from about 10% among cognitively intact older adults to 47% in older adults with dementia. In Europe, the prevalence varied from 2% in Ireland to 61% in Croatia. In Asia, the highest prevalence was found among older adults in China (36%), while the lowest was reported among older adults in India (14%). In Africa, the prevalence ranged between 30% and 44% –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about elder abuse.

Journaling Prompt: What is your reaction to this story? Could you imagine yourself as an abuser? As the abused?

Art Prompt: Elder abuse

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Inform your audience about the problem of elder abuse and give a suggestion as to how our society should address the problem.

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Nearly four in ten [Americans] (39%) say they have known someone during the past five years who has abused prescription painkillers. Of those who have known someone who has had this problem, a majority say it has had a major harmful effect on the user’s family life (67%), work life (58%), and health (55%). In addition, 21% say that the person’s abuse of prescription painkillers led to their death.
“For much of the public, the issue of prescription painkiller abuse is not just a remote concern; it’s a problem they see in their personal lives,” said Robert J. Blendon, Richard L. Menschel Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Those who have known someone who has abused prescription painkillers hold different views about the problem than those who have not. They are significantly more likely to think abuse of prescription painkillers is an extremely or very serious problem in their state (64% vs. 43%) and that the problem has gotten worse over the past five years (56% vs. 28%). In addition, they are more likely to believe that prescription painkiller abuse makes a person more likely to use heroin or other illegal drugs (59% vs. 45%). –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a family that has felt the impact of prescription painkiller abuse.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about people taking drugs to feel better?

Art Prompt: Prescription painkiller abuse

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the impact of prescription painkiller abuse and suggest some solutions.

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… institutional betrayal is a dimensional phenomenon, with acts of omission and commission as well as instances of betrayal that may vary on how clearly systemic they are at the outset. Institutional characteristics that the authors say often precede such betrayal include:

  • Membership qualifications with inflexible requirements where “conformity is valued and deviance quickly corrected as a means of self-policing among members.” Often, a member making an accusation faces reprisal because of the institutional value placed on membership.
  • Prestige given to top leaders results in a power differential. In this case, allegations that are made by a member against a leader often are met by gatekeepers whose roles are designed to protect top-level authority.
  • Priorities that result in “damage control” efforts designed to protect the overall reputation of the institution. Examples include the abuse scandal at Pennsylvania State University, the movement of clergy to other locations in the face of allegations and hiding incidents of incest within family units.
  • Institutional denial in which members who allege abuse are marginalized by the institution as being bad apples whose personal behaviors should be the issue.
    Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about institutional betrayal.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about politicians or business people who demonstrate poor ethics and lie about it?

Art Prompt: Institutional betrayal

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Talk about a famous institutional betrayal, especially the behavior that led up to it.

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When people are said to “beat themselves up” with self-condemning or self-judging thoughts, it isn’t just a figure of speech – severe self-judgment seems to be very much comparable to cutting or hurting oneself physically. Emotional pain activates many of the same circuits in the brain as physical pain, releases almost all of the same stress hormones, and can often be just as damaging in many ways as physical pain.
Clearly something must be rewarding or reinforcing about pain or people wouldn’t repeatedly choose in some instances to self-administer something acutely painful, like a cut or an electric shock. Almost half the people in the study published in Science “liked” or responded to the electric shock enough – or at least got something out of it – that they tried shocking themselves again.
When each of us begins to truly see and understand the specific dynamics that can drive us to create unnecessary pain in our lives, in our relationships, and in ourselves – to use our pain, in effect, as a drug – we can overcome any unhealthy or destructive pattern, and connect more fully to the healthiest, most vital, and most loving parts of ourselves. –John Montgomery

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene of internal monologue for someone who is beathing him or herself up.

Journaling Prompt: Write affirmations that counter your most frequent painful thoughts.

Art Prompt: Reinforcement by pain

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Inform your audience about the epidemic of self-infliction of pain and give them strategies for dealing with a loved one who is out of control.

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… we may be on the cusp of drugs that could change people’s brain chemistry enough to help them get away from abusive relationships. In fact, the main therapeutic use for anti-love drugs would be making it easier for people to distance themselves from abusive partners whom they love despite all their problems. –Annalee Newitz

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about an anti-love drug and the unanticipated consequences.

Journaling Prompt: If you could invite a drug, what would it do and how would it change the world?

Art Prompt: The Anti-Love Drug

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the phenomenon of trauma bonding and how it traps people in abusive relationships.

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