Eighteen Years

By: Cassi Cox Eighteen Years. It seems like so much and so little all at the same time. Eighteen years ago this May I graduated from high school. It was supposed to be the best summer ever, but instead I experienced my first real battle with depression. I’ve had a few major depressive incidents inContinue reading “Eighteen Years”

It Starts Sooner Than You Think

It’s time to talk about something that is going to make all of us uncomfortable. When does sexual perpetration actually begin? It is commonly understood that predators often have multiple victims prior to actually being convicted of sexual assault, but we rarely talk about when and how this emerges.  The verdict?  According to the USContinue reading “It Starts Sooner Than You Think”

But… I’m not an Addict

The Shock of Recovery Discovery By: Cassi Cox I don’t know if you’ve ever been in the position where something that didn’t ever apply to you suddenly hits you like a ton of bricks. It just happened to me. I was sitting in my substance use disorder counseling class, completely shook, as my professor walkedContinue reading “But… I’m not an Addict”

An Open Letter to Turning Point USA

By: Cassi Cox and Deborah Schiefer Turning Point USA and Alex Clark, On Friday, January 29, 2021, your Youtube show published with an interview in which you blasted a rape survivor discussed a controversy surrounding Jennifer Christie’s testimony. I am choosing not to discuss the fact that you formed an opinion and cruelly maligned anContinue reading “An Open Letter to Turning Point USA”

Hurt People Heal People, Too

by Deborah Schiefer Hurt people hurt people. And I suppose that’s true, but isn’t it an oversimplification of a bigger issue? Hurt people do hurt people but is it only because they’re hurt or is it really because they won’t do the difficult and often painful work of self-reflection and self-awareness? Growth can be soContinue reading “Hurt People Heal People, Too”

The Phoenix

By: Jennifer Brierly The Phoenix A Spoken Word by Jennifer Brierly My therapist suggested writing a “victim’s impact statement” “A statement,” she says As though words exist in dashes and lines what my life consists of since that day Passing years. Months. Weeks where to begin, were I able to speak. The cold hammer ofContinue reading “The Phoenix”

Grief: Love’s Final Act

By: Cassi Cox I don’t know about you, but I have never been good at grief.  But then losing my daughter changed me.  Grief has always been one of those things I never quite embraced or understood. I didn’t have the time or space for it. I lived my life in a constant state ofContinue reading “Grief: Love’s Final Act”

Finding The Roar

What a wild ride the last few months have been. Our little team has been working hard- together and individually to reclaim what we lost, to heal, to grow and figure out who and what we are truly called to be. We’d like to use this space to share our journeys- collective and respective- withContinue reading “Finding The Roar”

Own It 

Letting Go of the Temptation to Dismiss, Blame and Minimize the Harm We Cause  By: Cassi Cox I will never forget the moment I truly came face to face with the impact of the worst decision that I ever made.  It was YEARS after. More than a decade after I had selfishly acted out ofContinue reading Own It 

A Messy Masterpiece

By Deb Schiefer The end of the year brings a cascade of memories for so many people. With the accessibility and connection social media provides, we often find ourselves digitally surrounded by a waterfall of snapshots from seemingly picture-perfect lives.   For so many, that perfection passes by mostly unregistered as we celebrate the closing ofContinue reading “A Messy Masterpiece”