It’s a myth that white teenage girls are most likely to be cutters. In fact, black teenagers are most at risk, and our community doesn’t know it.The most likely group to self-harm is black teenagers, specifically black teenage boys, and they’re getting younger and younger in the doing. Most of them aren’t just using one method of self-injury. They’re burning their skin. Cutting. Pulling their hair. Punching themselves. Banging their heads into walls. The mental health treatment they need is not only undervalued in our community; it’s expensive and inaccessible. Particularly in low-income neighborhoods with parents just trying to hustle the monthly rent, physical needs are paramount and mental health becomes a luxury. It’s understandable, but it’s not helping these kids find the healthy emotional release or develop the lasting coping skills they need to stop self-injuring.
Last summer, a psychiatrist diagnosed my daughter with major depressive disorder and abandonment issues and prescribed an individual program of therapy and antidepressants, which haven’t been all that effective. She hasn’t cut recently, but her flagging grades and low motivation are the newest mode of acting out and self-destruction. But she’s found it helpful, even freeing, to talk about her experience on social media with other girls who share her struggles. It’s not my ideal form of expression, but she’s stumbled on an unlikely support network. Some grew out of it, others have relapsed, but it seems to have helped her know that it’s not her solitary battle.
Do not read the comments. If motherfuckers aint dumping on single parent families they talking bout prayer and fasting and I am about to scream.
Add in that cutting is often the result of sexual abuse experienced at a young age and then maul this over. There’s A LOT going on in this picture.
most major news sources are rly burying this lede so
"When I hit 22, I stopped counting"
fucking badass, this lady killed dozens of men who had sex with teenage girls. fuck yea.
this is fucking amazing
Hardcandy in real life.
These comments… Tumblr is so fucked up.
how is it fucked up that a 19 year old girl killed off 22 men who were sexual predators and were trying to get young girls to have sex with them? she did the world a favor.
this should be the final nail in the coffin. how can anyone defend him after this and still be honest with themselves.
Because we are all just “thugs”, not human beings.
A 27-year-old Los Angeles pharmacist has sued the Los Angeles Police Department over injuries she sustained when she was thrown from a moving squad car. The New York Daily News reported that Kim Nguyen says she fell from the car as she struggled to escape sexual assault by a police officer.
“He was grabbing my left inner thigh, trying to — I’m assuming — opening my legs,” she said in her deposition about the incident.
Horrifying surveillance video shows a half-naked Nguyen tumbling from the police car into the street. She was badly injured and only regained consciousness when she emerged from a six-day medically induced coma.
Her injuries included a badly broken jaw, a brain concussion and soft tissue injuries all over her body.
The nightmare began when she and two male friends were waiting for a cab at 2:00 a.m. outside a restaurant in Los Angeles. The trio, Nguyen said, had been drinking.
A squad car pulled up to the curb and officers handcuffed her and bundled her into the back seat, saying she was being arrested for public intoxication. The car pulled away from the curb without either of Nguyen’s companions.
According to Nguyen’s deposition, one officer remained in the back seat of the squad car. He fondled her chest and yanked her head around by the ears before pulling up her skirt and trying to force her legs open.
It was then, she said, that the door behind her abruptly swung open and she was thrown from the vehicle.
Her attorney Arnoldo Cassillas said to KCAL that his client spent two weeks in the hospital with her jaw wired shut. All of her teeth were shattered in the fall and had to be pulled. She is suing for criminal negligence.
Just another isolated incident. Good thing all those “good cops” were there to prevent this.
Last night my new professor made some comment about a show or movie made in the ’80s when “cops around here (L.A.) were really bad.”
I was like, “excuse me, were?”
Yeah, I was debating one whether or not I liked this professor. I think I’m a firm DISLIKE until proven not an asshole…
Fuck these cops. I hate hearing about women of color being assaulted, this shit is triggering.
Amy Rene Hargrove in a 2012 King County petition for a protection order against her violent ex-boyfriend. He strangled her to death in her mother’s house on Monday. She was 28 years old and leaves behind four children.
Prior to murdering her, this man, who isn’t named because he hasn’t been arrested yet(!), had beaten Amy, fractured her eye socket, raped her at gunpoint, emptied her bank account, injured her cats, led the police on a high speed car chase with her children inside the car, and, of course, violated his restraining order numerous times.
I hope he burns in hell alongside everyone who could have helped her, but didn’t.
45 year old Naseema is sentenced to serve 18 years (6 completed) for murdering her husband- Love Crimes of Kabul
She may have been charged with murder and labeled murderer, yet I find myself saluting her patience and her bravery.
Female-assigned intersex kids’ vaginal canal size is also assessed by doctors, to ensure that it’s long enough to fit a penis inside of it. Doctors might surgically construct or re-construct vaginas, which can result in a host of health problems and necessitate multiple, multiple surgeries. This is especially the case since most intersex kids have these surgeries very young, and when their bodies grow into their adult forms, more surgeries are necessary to keep their vagina size in proportion. Non-surgical methods are also used to increase or maintain vaginal length by regularly using medical dildos to stretch the vagina over months and years. (It’s kind of like braces for your vagina, but much, much worse.) Just like there are no standards for how long a clitoris “can” be before it’s classified as a penis, there aren’t absolute standards as to how long a vagina is for it to be of “normal” length.
I had a dilation procedure performed for almost every exam I had with intersex doctors from the time I was 8 until I was 16, so that they could check how long my vagina was as I grew. I absolutely hated these procedures. I mean, imagine a man as old as your father or your grandfather, who you don’t know, inserting a medical dildo into you each time you saw him, knowing that you can’t question the doctor’s orders and just accept that you have to undergo these uncomfortable procedures for your health. Imagine a decade or so later, realizing that these procedures did nothing to track your health, and had everything to do with grown men feeling good about the fact that you could fuck some dude someday like a “normal girl”. That all those traumatizing procedures weren’t actually medically relevant at all, and it actually was within my right to refuse those examinations.
I didn’t know any of that at the time.
I also had no idea that I wouldn’t want to ultimately have the kind of sex they assumed I’d be having, adding yet another layer of this-was-totally-unnecessary/messed-up to my history.
Other kids shouldn’t have to go through this. Other adults shouldn’t have revelations some day far into the future that what was happening to them WASN’T okay, and their traumatic feelings ARE valid, and the whole system of how intersex people are conceptualized and “treated” IS entirely fucked.
And it’s gotta change. We’ve gotta change it.
—-Claudia at Autostraddle
I just read this article and was reminded once again how invisible the intersex community often is… we need to signal boost this shit to let people know that this kind of “medical treatment” is NOT okay.
Felt straight-up ill reading this. This is the institutionalized rape of children. It’s beyond unconscionable that procedures like this are normalized and considered “treatment”.