We Need To Keep Speaking Up And Out On Sexual Violence

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 11.01.2015 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

What would I like to see the #BeenRapedNeverReported campaign become? Before any meaningful change can occur, we need to work towards pulling back the layers of stigma. If we are unable to talk openly, how can we expect survivors of sexual violence to come forward with their own experiences with trauma?

Setting the Tatas Free Won't Erase Breast Cancer

Lyba Spring | Posted 10.27.2015 | Canada Living
Lyba Spring

Early in this year's breast cancer madness, a friend posted a photo with a caption on my Facebook page. It depicted a slim woman, nude except for panties, arms raised, flying her (matching) black bra overhead. The caption: "Support breast cancer. Set the tatas free. Oct. 13 no bra day." I don't love it and here is why.

I Am a Survivor of Sexual Abuse in the Tamil Community

TamilCulture | Posted 10.21.2015 | Canada Living

My experiences of childhood sexual abuse -- of incest -- had stolen many aspects of my life but most importantly, my identity as a Tamil woman. After I moved out, I was shunned not only from my immediate family members, but my uncles, aunts, cousins, distant relatives, family friends -- my Tamil community. It didn't matter to my 19-year-old self why you weren't there for me. The fact of the matter was that you weren't. I felt hurt and abandoned.

Why R.A. Dickey Is More Than Just a Baseball Hero

Stacey May Fowles | Posted 10.19.2015 | Canada Living
Stacey May Fowles

I'm not embarrassed to say that R.A. Dickey made me cry. About half way through our hour-long conversation, after talking about his favourite books and writers, and the difficult task of writing a memoir, I raised the fact that I was also sexual assault survivor-my disclosure a way of relaying to him that I understood the courage necessary in telling his story. He then thoughtfully interrupted me, genuinely expressing how sorry he was for what had happened in my past. When things get especially hard, I now hear his voice in my head: "I'm so sorry that happened to you, Stacey May."

I Was Raped - and We Need to Talk About it

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 08.11.2015 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

Two years before I entered high school, I was the victim of a violent rape that took place a mere few kilometres from the football locker room I was now standing in. From the moment of that assault, I chose to disappear, fractured into different people -- the person I was afraid to let you see, the person I wanted you to see, and the young man who struggled with that internal turmoil every day for the next 30 years. I've heard that living as a survivor of rape is like living with a secret tumor. It metastasizes in the dark hollows of shame, and it continues to destabilize and corrupt every bond and every relationship in a survivor's life.

The Danger of Reality TV

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Living
Rhonda Scharf

We should really ban reality shows from television. For starters, they aren't that real, are they? The creators are extremely good at editing so that ...

Love Can Be Better, The Second Time Around

TamilCulture | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Living

Amidst the carnage of a failed marriage, as your days become consumed with prying the broken shards of glass from the wounds of a shattered life, it is hard to conceive that anyone will ever be worth the risk of going through all of this again. But a life without love is incomplete -- Love is always worth it.

Writing Helps Me Cope With My Son's Suicide

Lynn Keane | Posted 04.24.2015 | Canada Living
Lynn Keane

Reading non-fiction and personal memoirs was also an important part of the healing process for me. Reading allowed me to set aside my own emotions and be absorbed in someone else's life. It provided an escape and a road map to writing my son's story.

Canadian Dynamo Emerges from Refugee Camp Childhood

Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada Impact
Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker

Jennifer Moonfoxy (right) with the author in Canada. Canada is home to people from all over the world, each with a unique story. Many have endure...

'Survivor' Contestant Dies In Freak Railway Accident

HuffPost Canada TV | Chris Jancelewicz | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada TV

People magazine reports that ex-"Survivor: Blood vs. Water" contestant Caleb Bankston died on June 24 following a railway accident. The 26-year-old...

WATCH: 'Survivor' Winner Revealed (SPOILERS)

HuffPost Canada TV | Chris Jancelewicz | Posted 05.22.2014 | Canada TV

We all knew this was going to happen -- New Jersey cop Tony had this round of "Survivor" nailed down. Throughout this season of "Survivor: Cagayan,...

Going Through a Break-Up Doesn't Make You a "Survivor"

Ward Anderson | Posted 11.09.2013 | Canada Living
Ward Anderson

Here's something no one wants to hear: You aren't special because you made it through a bad break-up. Calling someone who had a bad break-up a "survivor" is a kind of First-World-Problems hyperbole. It belittles those who actually persevere and overcome true, life-threatening obstacles.

As a Rape Survivor, You Get Used to Stupid Remarks Like Akin's

Donald D'Haene | Posted 10.21.2012 | Canada Politics
Donald D'Haene

Todd Akin's ridiculous declaration on the serious crime of rape has created a justifiable uproar. Rape victims everywhere have experienced similar insensitive, nonsensical remarks. Count on it. But no one can top the comments of the man who sexually assaulted me for a period of 11 years.

Reality Television Is Rotting Your Brain

Marcia Sirota | Posted 11.21.2011 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Maybe some people like to feel superior by laughing at the characters on these shows, but by choosing to waste their time on such drivel, they inadvertently demonstrate their own lack of discernment.