Love shouldn’t hurt – ever

Cultivating Contentment
by Teresia Smith

When you stop and reflect on your life, you’re possibly thinking about how time has gone by so fast and you have no idea how you got to where you are at. You might begin to feel sad because you’ve drifted so far from the plans you had for your life. Everyday life is much more difficult than you expected it to be, so maybe you got tired and you just settled and decided to accept that this is just how life is. Sometimes if we experience trauma, it paralyzes us and we find ourselves giving up and deciding to just get by and not actually thrive. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. Feelings are fickle and you can never expect to be happy every minute of every day.

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Love shouldn’t hurt – ever

Keep the conversation going
by Teresia Smith

Every year as we close out Sexual Assault Awareness Month, I find myself wondering if we’ve succeeded in reaching more people and given them knowledge and information to make a difference. It is very important to know how to react when someone confides in you that they have been assaulted. And it is very important that you know your community resources so you can help them reach out. Beyond that, there is another thing that is very important — continue the conversation.

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Love shouldn’t hurt – ever

Ten signs a relationship is moving too fast
by Rebecca Hieronymi

Dating can be fun, invigorating, and satisfying, but it can also be straight up confusing. Perhaps you’ve been with your partner for a few weeks now and feel excited about the future, but how do you know if your butterflies are because of them and not from the fear of things not working out? Here are 10 signs a relationship is moving too fast:

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Love shouldn’t hurt – ever

What it means to be “at risk for sexual assault”
by Christina Hays

Every April, during Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), Crisis Services of North Alabama (CSNA) and Jackson County Coalition Against Domestic Violence (JCCADV) promote sharing knowledge and facts regarding sexual assault.

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Love shouldn’t hurt – ever

What if Someone Confides in Me?
by Teresia Smith

Each year we set aside the month of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, as a time to share information with as many as possible.

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