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Issue #122 (Fall 2015) issue cover
That One Person

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Latik is abused at home and bullied at school and keeps to himself. A staff named Mr. Seth gives him attention, advice, and respect. (full text)

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An abused, traumatized person is much more likely to thrive with at least one close, trusting relationship. This issue looks at how those connections are made and how they help. (full text)

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Selena suffers terrible abuse from an early age, then is moved to 16 different foster homes in two years. Then she finds a foster mother who sticks with her and eventually adopts her. (full text)

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The author feels isolated at school, partly because of abuse at home. She makes a friend and tells him ALMOST everything. She discovers he's held back some secrets too. (full text)

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The author is confused by why her family is so mean to her feminine brother. As she learns what "gay" means, she steps up to defend and support him. (full text)

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The author is removed from her abusive mother at age 11, and starts therapy. It's good for several years, but as she grows up, she needs a therapist who's less parental. (full text)

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Shateek feels alone in the world until he meets his therapist Fall. She shows interest in his writing and sports and listens to him, and he turns his life around. (full text)

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Tatiana is upset at how her sister reacts when their mother's drug abuse sends them into foster care. She discovers, though, that her sister's different approach actually helps them survive. (full text)

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Daisy moves so many times in foster care that she stops saying goodbye or keeping in touch with people. When she finds a supportive family, she vows to better stay connected. (full text)

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The author is jealous of her younger sister, who is their mom's favorite. When their mom's abuse sends them into care, the author realizes she and her sister are each other's family. (full text)

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Miguel has a lot of anger from his stepfather's abuse, and then from his foster family's indifference. A mentor guides him to boxing, and he gains control of his feelings and his future. (full text)

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Carlos reviews a novel, 13 Reasons Why, that explores a girl's reasons for suicide. The hero of the book, and Carlos, realize that you need to pay attention to signs that peers are suffering. (full text)

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Write a letter to someone you’ve hurt (full text)

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One activity is "mirroring," a physical exercise that requires cooperation. The other explores the feelings behind destructive behaviors in the past. (full text)
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