008 Life is for the living: Stranger things closer to home…

Did you know that the greatest threat to your safety is people you actually know or think you know. That even after establishing boundaries, the lesson needs to be taught again and again. Teach children to own their bodies again and again and to speak out, so they are not strangers to abusers at anytime in their lives.

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“Leave your pain here and go out and do your magnificent things,” Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said to the 156 courageous girls and women who confronted their abuser Larry Nassar at his sentencing hearing this week. In her remarks before sentencing Nassar to up to 175 years in prison, Aquilina spoke out powerfully about the need to listen to victims and hold abusers accountable, asserting: “Inaction is an action. Silence is indifference. Justice requires action and a voice. And that is what has happened here in this court.”

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