Many Voices Press news

March 7, 2010

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Many Voices Words of Hope

Healing Creatively

MV readers share their heartfelt writing and poetry, as well poignant and inspiring artworks in every media, because they want others to understand and relate to their experiences.

Some of our writers and artists discover for the first time during recovery that they have talents that others respect and value. It is such a good feeling to know that art and writing can express pain, anger, or sadness without harming oneself or others.  Our readers tell stories of recovery through their words and images. We transform and transcend the agonies of life. We rejoice in our healing. And we share this complexity with each other and the world. Please ask Lynn how to share with MV!

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Marty’s wonderful ceramics
can be seen by scrolling to the end of our Art Gallery . She does custom work for individuals, as do many of our artists.

COLORADO ARTISTS IN RECOVERY, see this special event!

FINDING OUR VOICES Art Sale and Show 2010
runs April 9-11, at the Cottonwood Center for the Arts in Colorado Springs, CO. 
This annual event helps raise community awareness about sexual abuse and promotes prevention.

Opening night is Friday April 9th, with an artists’ reception; Saturday features poetry and performances; Sunday offers an opportunity for survivors to safely share their personal stories.

The FOV event showcases uncensored artistic expression from survivors of sexual abuse and their allies. Including but not limited to collage,painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, needlework, multimedia, music, dance, and poetry. (Entry fee per item- $5). DEADLINE FOR ENTRY – MARCH 26, 2010. Write for submission information.

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ANSWERS Received from Recent Qs by MV READERS 

In our last MV-Insider, some spiritually-inclined readers asked how to talk with "Christian-relatives" who were not willing to consider the problems of ongoing abuse in the family. Another  questioned as follows:"I can relate fairly easily to choosing a life before birth to facilitate learning for the soul.  I am stuck, however, on figuring out how anyone could choose a life in which being a child abuser is part of the lesson.  Also, along the same lines, how can someone "choose" to be abused as a kid?"

We received some excellent, thoughtful responses.  I will offer just two excerpts here, since not everyone who receives this is a current subscriber. However complete answers from both of these respondents, plus others, will appear in a future printed edition of Many Voices newsletter.

From Dr. Marjorie Isaacs, in Cincinnati:

"Having the sense that one was an abuser in a "past life" does not mean that this belief is literally true.  However,
the sense that one was once an abuser could help a survivor of abuse reflect on mistakes she has made and what to do about them.  It could also carry the message that most abusers are human and have some good qualities in spite of the dreadful wrongs they committed.  Most important,would be real awareness that the past abusers no longer have the power to harm her the way they once did. …"

From Father Patrick McAteer, of St. Ignatius Church in Chicago:

"If one refuses to discuss ongoing abuse in the family, they cannot be forced no matter how ‘Christian’ they may be. ‘Christian’ here is quite meaningless. Abusers are abuser no matter what their religion, race, culture, or social status. Over time they may be persuaded; if the persuasion is constant, then their consciences may convince them to address the issue. I consider that a long-shot."

If you would like to respond to either counselor, send your contact information to me and I will forward it on.
They may not be able to respond to all requests.

  HELP YOURSELF and MV Too!
Thanks to the generous gift of donated copies by author Jane Wegscheider Hyman, this excellent and inspiring book is offered to MANY VOICES’ readers at a discount: Only $15 per copy, including media-mail shipping to all US destinations.

From the book jacket: "The women in ‘I Am More Than One’ are living proof that you can find new sources of strength through family and friends, build a rewarding, successful career, and still hold on to your own unique identity." These messages of hope and encouragement are essential reading for people who want to learn how to survive and thrive despite painful histories of trauma and abuse.

Dr. Hyman is a researcher and writer on women’s health and a member of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation. She is the author of several well-received, helpful books.

ORDER YOUR COPY NOW DIRECT FROM OUR WEBSITE!

Or call Lynn W. at 513-751-8020, to order over the phone.

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I AM MORE THAN ONE
How Women with
Dissociative IdentityDisorder Have Found Success in Life and Work
By Jane Wegscheider Hyman PhD

VOLUNTEERS needed! I’m starting to work on  grant writing for community subsidies. If you can compile a list of community mental health clinics in your area that might like to receive a free subscription to MANY VOICES please contact me.  Substance abuse facilities, homeless shelters and domestic violence shelters are also logical places that might welcome MV. We want to increase our outreach to the people who need us most. We will use this information to show potential funders who would be receiving our issues and why they would benefit. THANK YOU!

ASK FOR A FREE SAMPLE ISSUE OF MV– FOR YOURSELF OR SOMEONE ELSE!

PLAN AHEAD! WRITE OR DRAW FOR US !

  The April issue is underway: Here’s what’s coming next. & remember, we are always open to different topics, too!

JUNE 2010: Life without therapy. Changing therapists. Coordinating different therapy modalities. ARTWORK: Caring for your Self(ves).

Send NOW ,  & help others heal!

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CHECK OUT THE NEW QUESTION for MARCH
at our SHARING SECTION

Connie wants to know better ways to "connect" with her physical self!  What do you do to help body awareness?
Please read through the whole list of Sharing Questions, and reply to any, no matter when the topic first appeared. We Love Fresh Updates to PAST QUESTIONS!

At MV, hatMed.jpgwe make every effort to be helpful to people
recovering from trauma and abuse, their families and friends.
We also want to assist trauma treatment professionals who guide people
in recovery toward a healthier, happier life. Please help us perform these
tasks well by sending your suggestions and input, pro or con, anytime.
Call me personally at 513-751-8020. I want to hear from you!
Sincerely,
Lynn Wasnak, aka Lynn W., Editor and Executive Director

Many Voices
PO Box 2639
Cincinnati, OH 45201-2639

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