At the end of this post, please click the link to an article on The Guardian’s site. The report is just the predictable tip of the iceberg, while the root problem is on the iceberg itself. Is anyone looking at the iceberg? I am, because I have experience being assaulted. I was molested by more than one person when I was a child, but none of the assaults on me were as extreme as what Larry Nassar has apparently done. The assaults against me did not involve penetration, but they were frequent. They were also dismissed as either harmless or justified whenever … Continue reading How Often is This Covered up — or Just Ignored?
I’m agoraphobic. The severity of the symptoms fluctuate, and during most of my life I’ve been okay with leaving home and following a routine as long as I don’t have to travel too far. Traveling is difficult, but I’ve been to New York City three times since 1994. I’ve flown to Los Angeles County six times since 1997. Between 1968 and 1994, leaving Northern California was unthinkable (I visited relatives in Missouri in 1964 and 1968, and remember having panic attacks during the 1968 stay). I attribute the agoraphobia partly to trauma which began early and continued into adulthood. By … Continue reading Hikikomori Or Agoraphobe?