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From Machias: ‘Please don’t shout, Daddy’ and other bold statements against abuse

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As part of their senior project, University of Maine at Machias students Michelle Grant and Jordyn Knowles launched a local Clothesline Project. It’s a national program that aims to raise awareness of domestic and sexual violence. The seniors held T-shirt making workshops and a domestic violence awareness walk April 12. At the end of the […]

The abuse follows her everywhere, and it’s legal: One woman’s story of revenge porn

The following is a true story. However, some identifying details have been changed to ensure the safety of the story’s subject.  Beth smiles and shakes my hand confidently when we meet. There is a reserve about her, though, a hesitation in the way she first approaches me, that I understand once she begins sharing her story. […]

A domestic violence survivor explains why she didn’t leave

“Why did you stay?” It’s a question that often feels like blame to victims of domestic violence. You might as well be asking, “What’s wrong with you?” What’s wrong is that quite often the perpetrator has set a trap. Understanding why a victim stays in an abusive relationship is lesson No. 1 for understanding the dynamics of domestic violence. […]

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