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I am honored to dedicate my time to these incredible organizations.  I encourage you to learn more about each of them.

Delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted,
every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled. 
Tackling the most pressing health problems worldwide, so that people can lead healthier, happier, more productive lives.
Sex buyers, or “johns”, drive the illegal sex trade. Without their money, pimps and traffickers have zero incentives. No buyers = no business. No more harm.
A global research institute whose mission is to empower women, advance gender equality and fight poverty.
This organization works on all forms of human trafficking and serves victims of slavery and human trafficking.

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Pia Mellody creates a framework for identifying codependent thinking, emotions and behaviour and provides an effective approach to recovery. Mellody sets forth five primary adult symptoms of this crippling condition, then traces their origin to emotional, spiritual, intellectual, physical and sexual abuses that occur in childhood. Central to Mellody's approach is the concept that the codependent adult's injured inner child needs healing. Recovery from codependence, therefore, involves clearing up the toxic emotions left over from these painful childhood experiences.

Is Al-Anon for You?

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Al-Anon provides hope for anyone who is suffering from the effects of someone else’s drinking. In Al-Anon’s most recent membership survey, an anonymous member said, “I will be forever grateful for the Al-Anon program. I believe it saved my life. I was emotionally, physically, and spiritually shattered before the program due to the disease of alcoholism. Today, I know that I have choices and the tools of the program to get me through tough times.”

Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.

Learn more about this organization here.

No matter what your problem with food — compulsive overeating, under-eating, food addiction, anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, or overexercising — OA has a solution for you. 

OA is not just about weight loss, weight gain or maintenance, obesity or diets. e OA program oers physical, emotional and spiritual recovery for those who suer from compulsive eating. Members nd recovery on all three levels by following a Twelve-Step program patterned after Alcoholics Anonymous.

Members who recover through the Twelve Steps and that yoyo dieting is a thing of the past. ey no longer wish to return to eating compulsively. OA is not aliated with any public or private organization, political movement, ideology or religious doctrine and takes no position on issues outside of its own program. No membership dues or fees are required for participation in OA. e organization is self-supporting through members’ voluntary donations and the sale of OA literature.

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Shades of Hope is a residential and extended care all-addictions treatment center specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, food addiction, binge eating and compulsive overeating, as well as co-occurring addictions, such as alcohol and drug addiction. Using the time tested 12-step program, a full staff of medical and clinical professionals is dedicated to helping clients break the cycle of addiction and disordered eating, retain positive changes and live the healthy, successful lives they deserve.

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Paid For by Rachel Moran

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The best work by anyone on prostitution ever, Rachel Moran's Paid For fuses the memoirist's lived poignancy with the philosopher's conceptual sophistication. The result is riveting, compelling, incontestable. Impossible to put down. This book provides all anyone needs to know about the reality of prostitution in moving, insightful prose that engages and disposes of every argument ever raised in its favor. Catharine A. MacKinnon, law professor, University of Michigan and Harvard University

Born into a troubled family, Rachel Moran left home at the age of fourteen. Being homeless, she was driven into prostitution to survive. With intelligence and empathy, she describes the exploitation she and others endured on the streets and in the brothels. Moran also speaks to the psychological damage inherent to prostitution and the inevitable estrangement from one's body. At twenty-two, Moran escaped the sex trade. She has since become a writer and an abolitionist activist.

How Childhood Trauma affects health across a lifetime.

TED TALK by Dr. Nadine Burke Harris


Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.

Can Family Secrets Make You Sick?

An ACE score is a tally of different types of abuse, neglect, and other hallmarks of a rough childhood. According to the Adverse Childhood Experiences study, the rougher your childhood, the higher your score is likely to be and the higher your risk for later health problems. You can take the test here.

The Conversation

The Conversation about women’s bodies exists largely outside of us, while it is also directed at (and marketed to) us, and used to define and control us. The Conversation about women happens everywhere, publicly and privately. We are described and detailed, our faces and bodies analyzed and picked apart, our worth ascertained and ascribed based on the reduction of personhood to simple physical objectification. Our voices, our personhood, our potential, and our accomplishments are regularly minimized and muted.

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The "Pass the Mic" series showcases unique voices, perspectives and ideas. This op-ed was written by Ashley Judd, an actress and advocate for women's rights.

During a conference championship game on Sunday, I posted a comment to Twitter that some found unsportsmanlike. I didn't much care for three players bleeding on the court, and I tweeted that the opponent was "playing dirty & can kiss my team's free throw making a—." The volume of hatred that exploded at me in response was staggering.

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