Three writers tell of their experiences with violence, and their journeys back.
A rapist is in jail, but her fear still runs loose.
by Anna Bjornberg
In the winter of 1995, I was 16 and a high-school senior
in Boise, Idaho. I was miserable in Boise and counting down the days
In an unprecedented Oregon program, domestic-violence victims ask questions of abusers.
Hope Vanderhoof for eight years put up with being hit in
the head and kicked with steel-toed boots by her boyfriend. She finally
ended the relationship in 2005, when he tried to kill her by settin
Violent crime has dropped in Portland in the past decade,
including assaults. But the percentage of assaults that involve domestic
violence has decreased only slightly—from 48 percent in 2001, t
Susan Cushman works as a sculptor as part of her therapy
to help her move past the trauma of being raped. She says her art is
part of her effort to make the world a place where women can feel safe
The YWCA is closing its emergency domestic-violence shelter, but officials hope a new strategy will help cushion the loss.
Every day at 9 am, the Portland Women’s
Crisis Line website updates the availability at the city’s four
emergency shelters. Most mornings, it’s the same answer: no vacancy.
Despite that se
Portland RisingPortland joins 1 billion women (and men) worldwide to
march, dance and speak out against violence against women. Meet at
Director Park for a flash mob of “Break the Chain.” At 3
The city is subsidizing a church-affiliated bar that plans to give away all its profits.
Stop us if you’ve heard this one: A bureaucrat, a preacher and The New York Times walk into a bar.
The punch line? The Times’
glowing story Jan. 20 revealing that the Portland Development