Like a Garden: My List of Diagnoses Grows

Like a Garden: My List of Diagnoses Grows

:: I decided to get tested for my children. Autism Spectrum Disorder is another flower in my bouquet of diagnoses. As my children have grown, I see so much of my younger self in them. My experiences as a child have echoed into the present as my children have explored...
Anxiety Disorder in Disordered Times

Anxiety Disorder in Disordered Times

:: Anxiety disorder can’t be solved with hand sanitizer. With a full pantry. With social distancing. None of those things matter at all if you have anxiety disorder. Early this morning, around 5:30 a.m., I awoke from a horrible nightmare. I was riding in a car...
When I Give a Talk About Rape

When I Give a Talk About Rape

Last fall, I gave a keynote address about sexual violence at a fundraiser. Giving the keynote was a wonderful experience. Before I wrote my talk, though, I had to sit down and write this essay (essay?) below—all of my thoughts about what it feels like, about...
Why Didn’t She Run? Why Didn’t She Scream?

Why Didn’t She Run? Why Didn’t She Scream?

:: CW. Because even with all of the essays on sexual assault that I’ve written and published over the years, there’s still one story that I haven’t told. But with Epstein’s ugly face everywhere, I need to tell it, now. CW: rape, child rape, sexual assault. I’ve always...