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How do I survive surviving?

I'm a childhood sexual abuse survivor who is not really surviving right now. I need help with a whole bunch of things, and after reading this, I decided I'd query AskMe to see what resources are available. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 7, 2011 - 45 answers

Please recommend a therapist

I'm looking for recommendations for a gay/gay-friendly therapist in the Northern Virginia area who has experience with alcohol abuse and alcoholism. I'm attending AA meetings to help with the continuing sobriety, but I really think I would benefit from some additional therapy. Thank you. (The gay/gay-friendly is in there because I don't want any chance of homophobia or blaming my problems on being gay)
posted by anonymous on Jan 7, 2011 - 2 answers

Help before it gets bloody.

Worried about elderly father... [more inside]
posted by wandering_not_lost on Jan 3, 2011 - 11 answers

Stats on men who are falsely accused?

Are there any statistics regarding the number of men who work in childcare and are falsely accused of abusing the children in their care? [more inside]
posted by Jairus on Dec 24, 2010 - 5 answers

Should I say something about this strange situation? Is it even strange?

What do to about a child in a potentially abusive situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 22, 2010 - 17 answers

How common is physical abuse in the workplace?

How common is physical abuse in the workplace? I had a boss who hit me a few years ago and I was talking to a friend recently and she said the same thing happened to her. Naturally, this made me curious as I thought physical abuse was relatively rare in the workplace compared to emotional.
posted by jihaan on Nov 23, 2010 - 41 answers

My father's religious and cultural beliefs, & my facebook account

A fundy Muslim father (and his extended family) with strong religious & cultural beliefs vs. his adult daughter's facebook account. How do I reconcile this? [more inside]
posted by overyourhead on Nov 22, 2010 - 96 answers

Can therapy help me?

I'm a well-adjusted person plagued now by anger and disappointment re: her absentee father. Should I pursue therapy, or go about this a different route? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 18, 2010 - 17 answers

Options for abused 16-year-old

My sister's friend's parents are abusing her and her younger brother. What are the girl's options? She's 16. Could she be emancipated without the courts putting her brother into foster care or with a potentially abusive uncle? [more inside]
posted by randomname25 on Nov 2, 2010 - 27 answers

can I get paid?

Legalfilter! My work was taken advantage of - I interned/trained for a small business but wasn't paid for any time. I asked for things to be made right, but was told to shove it. Do I go to court? [more inside]
posted by roygbv on Oct 30, 2010 - 26 answers

Abusers.

Grandmother in a nursing home. Elderly grandfather caring for her and denying help from others. Grandma not getting the care she needs. What can we do? [more inside]
posted by blackcatcuriouser on Oct 29, 2010 - 9 answers

Please help me manage my obsessive thoughts

Why do my obsessive thoughts focus so much on my relationship, and what can I do to manage them? After living through years of sexual abuse as a child and teen, followed by a severely unhealthy relationship with an older man soon there after, I've actually found someone with whom I have potential to build something that could be really great. The trouble is that my brain is trying incredibly hard to sabotage this relationship, despite my best efforts to control it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 28, 2010 - 18 answers

How does one identify emotional issues related to substance abuse/ depression?

Because: 1) of depression and 2) I got into relationship trouble (with my spouse) because of occasional binge drinking--- I've have had no alcohol for about 7 weeks. I've been on a mild dose of an antidepressant almost the whole time and feel a low-level, but constant, state of mild depression- kind of "zombie-like." I was hoping getting alcohol off the table would reveal "emotional issues" as to why I've enjoyed binging , but that really hasn't happened, even with therapy (about 7-8 sessions - we've just kicked around painful events that probably most people have encountered one way or another.) Soooooo, the question is: How does one define or identify "emotional issues" related to substance abuse and/or depression? (beyond therapy, eliminating substances)
posted by anonymous on Oct 9, 2010 - 13 answers

My brother is abusing his girlfriend, and I don't know what to do.

My brother is emotionally abusing his girlfriend. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 22, 2010 - 44 answers

How would you react to this?

How would you react if your long-term boyfriend/girlfriend told you they have a past history of extensive physical, sexual, and emotional abuse? Or do you say anything at all? Relevant details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 19, 2010 - 31 answers

Help me to be of good help!

I'm about to begin volunteering at a shelter for battered women and their children. The shelter also operates a 24/7 crisis line for women who have suffered from abuse and violence, including sexual assault. What should I know before I start? How should I prepare? What was your experience like? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 9, 2010 - 21 answers

Should I Call Child Protective Services?

I have a reasonable suspicion that a friend is abusing her two-year-old son. This same friend is also pregnant with her second child. I have been observing her behavior for several months now and I am as sure as I can be without direct proof that she is harming both of her children. I know that calling Child Protective Services is a HUGE deal, but I am generally very concerned about the health and safety of these kids. Please help me make the most difficult decision of my life thus far. Should I call Child Protective Services? Yes, I am a parent myself and so yes, I know that if I am wrong, that it would be life shattering. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 8, 2010 - 79 answers

A good book explaining parental abuse and a child's view of one self?

I need help UNDERSTANDING something. How does one emotional and physical abuse as a child contribute to one's basic feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem? Any specific book recommendations on the subject? [more inside]
posted by learninguntilidie on Aug 31, 2010 - 18 answers

Why is one of these things not like the others?

Why did the "Twisted girl throwing puppies in a river" video generate such global outrage and attention, when other videos of violence towards animals usually don't? What was different about this video? [more inside]
posted by Ashley801 on Aug 31, 2010 - 39 answers

Friend sexually abused his girlfriends.

Found out a good friend sexually abused his girlfriends. Paralyzed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 29, 2010 - 26 answers

Who do we contact at the Oregon DHS to report an abusive work situation?

Who do we contact at the Oregon DHS to report an abusive work situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 19, 2010 - 4 answers

Can we curse on AskMe? I want to.

I'm bitter and angry at my ex-husband. Also, shallow. Please help me change. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 11, 2010 - 30 answers

How can I give myself a do-over on my cruddy childhood?

Can anyone recommend a self-help method for starting one's (emotional) life over again after coming to terms with childhood trauma? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 7, 2010 - 19 answers

I don't know how to support my mentally ill mother.

How can I best support my family in a situation involving domestic turmoil and mental illness? This is an abnormally long question but I tried to include everything. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 26, 2010 - 19 answers

Which approach in a divorce is better?

Which approach to take in a divorce? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 19, 2010 - 22 answers

Help for victims of domestic abuse?

My friend was assaulted by her husband last week. She's new to this country, and feels that she doesn't have anyone knowledgable of the law to talk to about what she can do, or what's going to happen... [more inside]
posted by blueberry on Jul 3, 2010 - 19 answers

I was wrongly and illegally ticketed!

I just got a parking ticket for a lot I was never in. I'm pretty annoyed. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Jun 29, 2010 - 17 answers

Scared and alone

I’m in a pretty desperate situation at the moment and apart from going to the doctors and probably receiving medication and a referral to a counsellor (with a long waiting list), I have nowhere else to turn. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 21, 2010 - 16 answers

Don't touch me!

Help me figure out how to start talking to my four year old son about what to do if he's in a dangerous situation. Not a "house on fire" danger, but a possible molestation/kidnapping/violence situation. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Jun 21, 2010 - 20 answers

How do I untrain myself to alter my plans for men under all circumstances?

Snowflake relationship question: How do I keep this quasi-relationship from stressing me out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 17, 2010 - 13 answers

Talking to relatives of the boy who cried wolf

NeighborFilter: Kid in distress, probably made the wrong call. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 16, 2010 - 40 answers

The right to control an ex's dating habits?

What legal, moral or ethical rights does ex-spouse A have when it comes to controlling ex-spouse B's dating habits, under the guise of protecting their children? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy Zaga on Jun 16, 2010 - 17 answers

Is this emotional abuse, narcissistic personality or both?

What is emotional abuse? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper on Jun 3, 2010 - 59 answers

How to cope with my mom's death?

My mother, a long term alcohol/prescription drug abuser, died last week. She was in her 50s. I'm a wreck and need help coping. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 26, 2010 - 13 answers

Was My Cat Abused?

Last week, my cat ran in through his kitty door and jumped onto the back bedroom windowsill all in a rush. He had a bunch of those weeds that look like wheat stuck to him throughout his fur, and worse, he smelled very strongly [warning: strong stomach required!] of diarrhea! [more inside]
posted by SociologistTina on May 19, 2010 - 21 answers

I'm upset, but not for the reasons you think.

My grandfather died today. I am glad that he's dead, but I have to deal with my family grieving and I don't want to pretend I'm grieving too. Ugly explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 19, 2010 - 54 answers

How do I stop feeling so mercenary and unconsenting in my relationships?

How do I stop feeling so mercenary and unconsenting in my relationships? Right now my issue is primarily in romantic situations. I think that I know why I'm like this and have figured it all out mentally, but I need some practical strategies for avoiding situations that trigger my weirdness. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 18, 2010 - 10 answers

A question about sexual abuse and friendship

A question concerning sexual abuse (no details) and friendship [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 1, 2010 - 14 answers

Two teenagers and a toddler - recipe for chaos?

How difficult is it to raise two teenagers and a toddler at the same time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 19, 2010 - 18 answers

I think my sister is delusional

DTMFA-filter - but she's my sister. Advice and/or anecdata needed, please. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 16, 2010 - 22 answers

What to do about a major secret my mother has kept from me?

My mother has always been emotionally abusive and unable to support me in any way, but after what I found out today I feel like never speaking to her again. Has my family gone too far this time? I really feel lost on this one and would love any and all advice, including legal advice. This is going to be quite long... [more inside]
posted by delicate_dahlias on Apr 10, 2010 - 79 answers

When did it begin?

Before recent times (say, mid-20th century to the present), have there been other accusations, admissions, or convictions of Roman Catholic priests committing sexual abuse, molestation, and rape? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Apr 5, 2010 - 25 answers

Animal cruelty bothers me way more than it should. Is this related to my childhood sexual abuse?

Animal cruelty bothers me way more than it should. Is this related to my childhood sexual abuse? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 31, 2010 - 35 answers

NJ support groups

I'm looking for a support group in NJ, can you help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2010 - 1 answer

Help me find health coverage and other resources for a poor person escaping to Oklahoma

What kind of poor-people health support is available in the Tulsa, Oklahoma, area? And what other resources exist for a person who may move to Oklahoma to escape a bad relationship in another state? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Mar 12, 2010 - 11 answers

How to deal with a severing of sibling ties?

I am looking for resources to help me deal with the growing realization that I was abused, physically and emotionally, by my older brother for the better part of 20 years. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2010 - 25 answers

Hey Joe, Where you goin with that gun in your hand?

A friend of mine's boyfriend strikes me as abusive, has blown up at me in a completely inappropriate way in the past, and I don't want him at my wedding. My fiance doesn't want to make waves. How to approach this? [more inside]
posted by orville sash on Feb 8, 2010 - 34 answers

Mandated Reporting in OH

How do I find out if anyone made a mandated report to Children's Services about me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 4, 2010 - 5 answers

Greed+Regulation is Good?

Profit has been an effective motivator for progress in a variety of areas in our society. But often when left unchecked by regulation or social norms, the drive for profits leads to exploitation and abuse. What are some examples of systems where profit is still an effective driver, but where regulations do a good job of curbing abuse?
posted by parallax7d on Jan 13, 2010 - 16 answers

If being abused, how do I get them to open up?

Are my nieces and nephews being abused and if so, how do I go about getting them to open up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 29, 2009 - 31 answers

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