Comment on When Trump Reminds You of the Stepfather You Ran Away From by Stacia.
I can’t express the catharsis and relief I felt when I read how your school counselor and principal rallied to move you safely and quickly from your abusive household. I’m so glad you shared this essay and that you’re safe now, even as the Trump toxicity threatens to unravel all of us survivors. I wrote my own post on this very topic last week and am going to quietly recede until Nov. 9. Love and light to you, Juliana.
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I’m screaming, too! Welcome to the Center. Couldn’t imagine a better or more talented fit for for WTT. <3
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Offering you a hand in return, my dear. Lovely honesty, as usual. Hope you’re well. <3
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Always here to talk to you when you need an ear. Thank you for this brave piece that clarifies a hallmark of healing from trauma: when someone says to a survivor “you have hurt me,” the survivor often fears that means “now I am going to hurt you.” Your willingness to integrate your own healing journey into your writing and professional work is commendable, and it’s empowering for others like me who are trying to do the same. Love to you. <3