Violence during consensual sex ‘normalised’

“I was shocked,” she said, “I felt extremely uncomfortable and intimidated. If someone slapped or choked you on the street, it would be assault”. It wasn’t until Anna spoke to her friends about it that she realised how common it was. “From then on, pretty much all the guys would try at least one, if not multiple combinations, of these acts.” On another occasion, she says she was choked by a man during sex – without consent or warning. Anna, who graduated from university this year, also says she had a partner who handled her so forcefully, that she was left bruised and in pain for days. “I know some women will say they like this. What is problematic is …

Patreon closes page purportedly belonging to R. Kelly’s girlfriend because of ‘potential impersonation’

(CNN)The crowdfunding membership platform Patreon said it has closed the page purportedly belonging to R. Kelly’s girlfriend, Joycelyn Savage, because of “potential impersonation” after the company couldn’t verify the account holder’s identity. Savage’s family, in a statement on Tuesday through their attorney Gerald Griggs, continued to express concern for her safety. “The recent statement from Patreon underscores the family concern for the safety of their daughter Joycelyn,” the family said in the statement. “Numerous allegations made by the account were alarming and confirmed details from our independent investigation, therefore we also unsuccessfully reached out to the account.” Kelly’s defense attorney, Steve Greenberg, couldn’t be reached on Tuesday. CNN has been unable to reach Savage at the email address and phone …

Patreon closes page purportedly belonging to R. Kelly’s girlfriend because of ‘potential impersonation’

(CNN)The crowdfunding membership platform Patreon said it has closed the page purportedly belonging to R. Kelly’s girlfriend, Joycelyn Savage, because of “potential impersonation” after the company couldn’t verify the account holder’s identity. Savage’s family, in a statement on Tuesday through their attorney Gerald Griggs, continued to express concern for her safety. “The recent statement from Patreon underscores the family concern for the safety of their daughter Joycelyn,” the family said in the statement. “Numerous allegations made by the account were alarming and confirmed details from our independent investigation, therefore we also unsuccessfully reached out to the account.” Kelly’s defense attorney, Steve Greenberg, couldn’t be reached on Tuesday. CNN has been unable to reach Savage at the email address and phone …

R. Kelly’s girlfriend Joycelyn Savage started a Patreon to talk about her relationship with the embattled singer

(CNN)Joycelyn Savage, one of R. Kelly’s girlfriends who has supported him during his trial and incarceration, began writing about their relationship Saturday in a series of posts on Patreon — a crowdfunding membership platform. CNN has not been able to independently verify that the posts on Patreon are by Savage. CNN has reached out to Savage, her family and the attorney who has previously represented them. CNN is also aware of other Patreon posts, in which the woman levels several more accusations against the R&B singer, and is working to vet them as well. In a tweet, the singer’s defense attorney, Steve Greenberg, responded to Savage’s post, saying she is “exploiting her long time, loving relationship with Robert … It …

Missing RV Couple Found Buried In Shallow Grave On Texas Beach – Perez Hilton

The case of a missing New Hampshire couple has now, sadly, become a murder investigation. James and Michelle Butler had been missing since October 16. The Rumney, New Hampshire couple had been traveling the country in their RV since June 2018, taking on part time jobs to keep going. The family believed they were making their way to Fort Lauderdale, Florida where they were going to sell Christmas trees. Unfortunately, they never made it. The last anyone had heard they had set up camp on Padre Island in Corpus Christi, Texas on October 15; then their regular contact with relatives just stopped cold. Their family filed a missing persons report after about a week, and the search began on October 23. Joey King …

30 Things I Hope You Learn To Let Go By 30

Natalia Vela Updated November 26, 2019 By Flora Westbrook 1. The idea that vulnerability and softness are weaknesses. Being these things is a sign of beauty and a sign of strength, even if the world would have you believe otherwise; even if your past has taught you anything different. I hope you stop letting your trauma hold you back from saying the things you are afraid to say. I hope you let go of the fear of displaying your emotions. Understand that your vulnerability is your greatest strength. Giving up control takes courage. Letting yourself be seen, uncertain of what the outcome may be, is the bravest thing – the world needs more of it. 2. I hope you let …

Trauma Bonding Is Why It Can Feel Impossible To Let Go Of Toxic Relationships

Brianna Wiest Updated November 26, 2019 By Flora Westbrook Maybe you’ve seen it, or maybe you’ve been in it: the relationship that’s dramatic, explosive, unhealthy… and completely irresistible. Before you start thinking that you or someone you know is a total masochist, there’s actually a deep psychological reason that we become attached to damaging relationships, and understanding that dynamic better can only help you and others who are stuck in the future. Trauma bonding is a process through which you begin to confuse abusive behavior for love. There are a number of reasons why this happens, and it ultimately makes it very hard not only to move on initially, but also to not allow the experience to impact relationships later …

22 God Quotes That Will Deepen Your Relationship With Your Creator

ShareTweetPin It’s often hard for us to grasp the character of God with our finite minds, but thanks to a few great Christian leaders, philosophers, poets, and thinkers we have many amazing God quotes to help us out. These God quotes will inspire you to greater faith and a deeper relationship with your Creator. 22 God Quotes That Will Deepen Your Relationship With Your Creator 1.) “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”– Corrie ten Boom 2.) “God doesn’t give you the people you want, he gives you the people you need. To help you, to hurt you, to leave you, to love you and to make you the person you were meant to be.”– …

Couple falls victim to holiday scam in Belfast

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSimone and Alice Cardillo say they fell victim to a false Airbnb listing in Belfast A couple have spoken of how they became victims of a holiday scam during a trip to Northern Ireland. Simone and Alice Cardillo arrived at their accommodation in Belfast to find it was empty and for sale. They had booked and paid for the bogus property using the booking site, Airbnb. It later refunded the money and removed the fake post. It said these types of scams are extremely rare on its site, but when they do happen, it acts quickly. Airbnb will verify listings, 11 years after launch Effect of Airbnb surge on UK cities revealed …

He Loved Me Anyway

ShareTweetPin I was walking back from my mailbox yesterday, and as I made my way under the canopy of great oaks that curled overhead across my driveway I prayed. I thanked God for the cool breeze that blew across my face on a sultry, summer afternoon, and I thanked him for the blue sky all around. It led me to [praise] Him for family, forgiveness, and being redeemed. Then the next praise that fell from my lips caused me to pause in awe. Thank you that you love me anyway.  The weight of that statement! Just the night before my four-year-old had done something I had instructed her not to do. When confronted with her guilt she had burst into …

Friendship out-of-office messages are all very well until you find yourself in need | Coco Khan

A Twitter thread has tapped into a wider conversation about womens emotional labour, says commissioning editor for Guardian B2B, Coco Khan A friend in need is a friend indeed, but a friend who asks permission to talk is better. Thats at least according to Melissa Fabello, a US-based activist and writer who posted a now-viral thread that divided audiences online. Fabello lays out the benefits of this practice, such as recognising that a friend may have limited time or that the conversation may be upsetting, and encourages people to say no to their friends if they choose to. She even drafts a delete as appropriate template message that reads: Hey, Im so glad you reached out. Im actually at capacity/helping …

How I learned to make peace with supporting my parents financially

As a teenager I resented the injustice of keeping my family afloat with money but like many second-generation immigrants Ive come to see the other side For as long as I can remember, I have supported my parents financially. My family is broke. Like, really broke and has been my whole life. My dad cleans cars for a living and is in a lot of debt. My oldest brother used to make some money, but he died. My second-oldest brother is in prison.My other siblings are still young, studying or looking for work. I started supporting my family in high school in England, in dribs and drabs from school bursaries and state benefits. I didnt have much cash, but I …

Donald Trump is unpopular in Britain. That’s why he’s being used to attack Boris Johnson

London (CNN)Nine days before people in Britain head out to vote in the December 12 snap election, the nation’s political leaders will come face-to-face with a US politician who has had an unusually high profile in this campaign. Ever since the campaign got underway, Trump has been used as a weapon by many of Johnson’s opponents — most notably the main opposition Labour Party. The charge: Johnson is so hellbent on getting Brexit done and grasping the political trophy of a trade deal with the US, he’s willing to sell parts of the beloved National Health Service to American companies. Even a quick glance at Labour’s social media feeds reveals videos and posts claiming that Johnson is chomping at the …

Studs wants to modernize the ear piercing experience for Gen Z teens

A startup called Studs wants to reinvent the ear-piercing experience for Generation Z. Today, consumers only have two options to choose from when they want their ears pierced — the traditional “mall piercing” experience that uses piercing guns often wielded by novices, or professional piercing parlors whose wide range of services often means that only a limited selection of jewelry for ears is made available. Studs, instead, aims to combine brick-and-mortar storefronts for needle piercing with an online retail destination where customers can shop for after-care items, single earrings, collections, earscapes, and more. The company has now opened its first retail store in New York’s Nolita neighborhood as well as its online shopping site, and plans to expand to more …

8 Ways College Couples Are Sabotaging Their Relationship (And Lives) | Betches

Dating is hard, like really hard, especially when you’re a college student. Even if you’ve found the right person, there are countless obstacles that make having a healthy relationship in college feel almost as challenging as trying to make it to your 8am after a night of binge drinking (almost). It’s easy for even the smallest insecurities about your relationship to get the best of you when you’re living in a literal cesspool of horny college students. You may be too clingy, become the psycho girlfriend you used to make fun of, isolate yourself from your friends (rookie mistake, who else are you gonna bitch to when your relationship ends?), or just assume your S.O. can read your mind. All of these …

Kids First, Egos Last: Woman Shares How The Parents Of Her Former Husband Love Her And Still Invite Her To Thanksgiving

But that’s not a situation that intimidates parenting vlogger Kristina Kuzmic, who says that she and her husband and children are welcome in her ex-husband’s family: she first posted about the unusual arrangement on Facebook last year and this year, she shared that they’re spending Thanksgiving together again. A chapter of her upcoming book, Kuzmic shared the story with her followers for the second year in a row Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: The real stars in this situation are her former in-laws, who she says accepted her as one of their own. Perhaps it’s this acceptance that motivated her, her ex-husband, and her current husband to take a practical approach, put aside the awkwardness of divorce and the …