Issue #27 | Sep 01, 2014

Not Alone

Facing Ourselves
By Daniel Chou

Juvenile delinquents are visiting Litchfield Federal Penitentiary, and the inmates have been enlisted to scare them into setting their lives straight. “You think this is a joke? You want to end up here? You wouldn’t make it one night in here.”

Trauma is More Common Than You Think
By Phillip Sher

Ms. Lin spoke quickly, struggling to fight back tears. She angrily described how her 10-year-old daughter and her 8-year-old son had been sexually abused by their aunt, her own sister.

A Story of Overcoming Abuse
By Giovanny Panginda with Bonnie Nakasuji

“The abuse I received was physical,” she reflected. “But of course with any abuse, there’s also an emotional component to it.”

Breaking the Silence of Depression
by Kathy Khang

It has been four years since a major anxiety attack finally sent me running to my doctor for help. I still remember sitting in her office explaining — with as stiff an upper lip as possible — what had led me to call for the first appointment available and then losing it in a puddle of tears and a wave of relief.

You Don’t Have to Be Perfect
By Martin Yan with Jason Chu

Jason Chu is not your typical Christian artist — or more accurately, does not appear like it. He sits across from me at a Hong Kong style cafe, with his shirt unbuttoned to reveal a big cross tattooed across the center of his chest.

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