Surviving Being Molested (part 1)

By Antonio Gonzales The first time someone mentioned “self-love” to me, I thought that person was from Mars.  I could definitely relate to selfishness and self-hatred, but self-love was not in my vocabulary.  Memories of being molested as a child left me with emotional scars that, until I became sober (almost 8 years now!), seemed like […]

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How to approach bullying

By Antonio Gonzales When I think of abuse, the word “bullying” generally appears towards the bottom of the list.  However, bullying has seeped into our society and culture like a plague…a plague that is now being fed by social media and getting deadlier every day. During a recent workshop with 25 teenage girls living in the […]

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It’s Not About Lipstick

By Antonio Gonzales (reposted from his personal blog, Comesse) Recently, an acquaintance and I were discussing helping the homeless when he said something that really grabbed my attention.  He said, “… giving women lipstick is not really helping them.”  What a powerful statement, I thought.  I stepped outside of myself for a minute to try and […]

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