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Issue #128 (Spring 2017) issue cover
Standing Up to Shame

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Tiana details how her paraprofessional Ms. Diana gave her gentle suggestions for getting along with people better and achieving success. (full text)

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This issue tackles the persistent problem of shame over things that aren’t your fault: having been abused, being in care, mental illness. (full text)

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The author was molested by her uncle for several years. After she goes into care, she heals her heart with therapy, groups, prayer, good relationships, and writing about it. (full text)

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Alesha gets addicted to drugs and alcohol after her family spins out of control. She’s always “partying” but always alone. (full text)

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A therapist explains why people blame themselves for being abused as children and how to break free of that trap. (full text)

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The author was raped as a child. She doesn’t realize how traumatized she is until she starts to get physical with her first boyfriend and freaks out. (full text)

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The author has not-entirely-consensual sex before she’s ready. She’s ashamed that it happened and ashamed to be pregnant. (full text)

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The author is a shy and private person who’s shocked by how much her business is out in the open when she goes into care. (full text)

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Victor has extreme anxiety and depression, and it keeps him from passing his college classes. There’s a drug that could help, but he fears it’s “for crazy people.” (full text)

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Wendy was born in the U.S., but her parents were not. She is appalled by Trump’s hate speech about Mexicans and other immigrants, so she takes to the streets. (full text)

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Sabatine is enchanted by the wonders of life online, until Facebook takes over her life and her schoolwork starts to slip. (full text)

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Sedrick relates to the Oscar-winning Moonlight. He feels Chiron’s anguish at being bullied, but wishes he’d taken a different path. (full text)

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The activities encourage youth to share what they wish they’d learned about sex in high school or elsewhere and to figure out what they want to keep private. (full text)
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