The V Word: Justice

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  Welcome to today’s edition of The V Word. Today we are talking about justice. Listen to today’s episode here   Do you need help or information?  Here are some options… If you have been assaulted and feel comfortable with calling the police, call 911. If you are not comfortable with talking to the police, but want to talk to someone, you can call  the Virginia Family Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-838-8238. You can now text/chat The Virginia Hotline at http://www.vsdvalliance.org/ If you have been assaulted in the last 72 hours you can get a… Continue reading The V Word: Justice

The V Word: Trauma and Substance Abuse

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  Welcome to today’s edition of The V Word.   You can listen to today’s episode  here  Have you used drugs or alcohol to cope with sexual assault or domestic violence? Recently, I taught a class on substance abuse education. A question came up about using alcohol and other drugs to cope with violence. The relationship between sexual violence and domestic abuse and addiction is complex and reciprocal. Many addictions may form in response to being a victim of violence. The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape in consultation with the CARON Treatment Centers has published… Continue reading The V Word: Trauma and Substance Abuse