Content Warning: This article contains information about the problems rape survivors experience when seeking justice through criminal courts.

Tipped Scales of Justice

One thing is glaringly apparent right now: the criminal justice system does not work for rape survivors. An appalling 0.6% of rapists will ever be incarcerated for their crimes. Less than 1%. Millions will never even see the inside of a court room. The truth is that if you are a rapist, you have precious little to worry about when it comes to your freedom. Unless you committed your crime in such a manner that you left significant injuries on your victim…


Female Soldier

Note: I’m going to use “she/her” occasionally in this article for ease because the majority of sexual assault survivors in the military are women, but please know that service men as well as transgender service people are also victims of sexual assault. I will also note that this information comes from my experience within the Navy, but some policies and procedures may vary across different branches of the military.

I spent 4 years contracting for the Navy as a therapist. During that time, one of my roles was to run a support group for survivors of sexual assault in the…


Hospice Patient and Compassionate Care

I spent 4 years working as a hospice social worker, which was an invaluable experience for me. I spent most of my time with hospice care in long-term care facilities. Hospice patients can receive care in any setting that they reside in. Many hospice patients receive hospice services in their homes, others at in-patient hospice facilities, and still others in assisted living or nursing care facilities. I was fortunate enough to work with a wonderful network of facilities that by and large took very good care of their patients. This is unfortunately not always the case, and because the goal…


I recently had the privilege of attending a private screening of the indie short film “Grab This” (2018) by writer and director Kendall Brunson. Grab This tackles issues such as date rape, workplace harassment, imperfect allies and national feminist politics in a raw and real narrative that leaves the viewer examining the world as it is, not just how we’d like it to be. One fascinating fact about this film is that filming was well underway when the national #MeToo movement took hold of the public discourse. The prescient nature of the material meant that the film’s creator and cast…


Many of us struggle from time to time with low frustration tolerance. Perhaps you find yourself fuming at small inconveniences, or a minor infraction by your partner, peers, or children. When our lives become overly stressful, it can be difficult to keep little things from becoming major annoyances, and it can be hard to stop yourself from exploding verbally or mentally when one more thing goes wrong, even if it is just a minor thing, like a stubbed toe or being cut off in traffic. Over time though, when we do not keep our frustration tolerance in check, our moods…


In June, news broke of the suicides of both luxury handbag designer Kate Spade and international food celebrity Anthony Bourdain. Whenever high-profile celebrities complete suicide, we are reminded that depression and mental health conditions touch every class of people and inevitably look for explanations of why anyone, even wealthy, successful people, would take their own lives. The truth is that suicide rates have been increasing dramatically over the past two decades. The trends are startling. Suicide rates have increased among every single age group from 10 to 74 since 1999. Rates are up 25% overall across the country. Approximately 300–400…


When I was in about 3rd or 4th grade, my classmates and I had all the standard safety drills in elementary school. Fire drills, tornado drills, and the like. There was one drill though, that I remember doing only once, which was the active shooter drill. I don’t know that they called it exactly that at the time, but I do remember that they made all of us kids run zig-zag from the stairs of the school to the playground down the field and into the woods behind the playground, hiding wherever we could. I remember it being somewhat odd…

Rachel Mullins

Rachel Mullins, LCSW

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