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The Most Important Thing to Do If Someone Confides in You About Abuse
July 7, 2017

“Don’t speak to me unless it’s about reconciliation.”
“Don’t speak to me unless it’s about reconciliation.”
“Do NOT speak to me unless it’s about reconciliation.”

I’ll never forget those words repeated to me by my former pastor and friend during the summer of 2011; the summer that changed my life forever.   READ MORE

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Nonprofit, The MEND Project Seeks to End “Double Abuse”

Often far more harmful than actual physical or emotional abuse, “Double Abuse” can be prevented by listening, empathizing, and never blaming

Orange, Calif. (July 5, 2017) – The MEND Project, a nonprofit organization focused on ending “Double Abuse,” announced today the launch of its website and curriculum designed to create awareness of and end a secondary form of domestic abuse. This abuse, which The MEND Project has coined “Double Abuse,” occurs when a person who is physically, emotionally or sexually abused, called “Primary Abuse,” reaches out for help. Instead of being received with compassion, empathy and acceptance by her support system, she is ostracized from her family and/or community, or subjected to judgment, ultimatums, or incorrect therapeutic treatment. This often leads the victim to feeling hopeless and alone and can contribute to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder  (PSTD) and Complex PSTD.

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The MEND Project Spring Fundraiser

This spring The MEND Project held its launch fundraising event at the home of Douglas Hodge and Kylie Schuyler. With over 50 people in attendance, Principal Founder, Annette Oltmans and co-founder, Johanna Tropiano presented the groundbreaking new work of their non-profit . . . READ MORE

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