Digging to Roam

Category Archives

Social Justice

Walking away

Why Do People Return to Domestic Abusers?

By Kristance Harlow | July 25, 2017 | 0 Comments
Posted in , , ,

There are many reasons people return to domestic abusers. One of which is the psychological phenomena of re-enactments and re-experiencing.

Silenced Street Art

Retracting Allegations of Abuse is Not Proof – Trauma and Memories

By Kristance Harlow | June 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
Posted in , , ,

Graffiti in Buenos Aires. Photo by the author Retracting an abuse allegation is not proof that the abused is lying or that the alleged abuser is innocent. Rape is amongst the most underreported crimes. Victims face enormous obstacles in the aftermath of rape. Not the least of which is deciding whether or not to contact…

Emergency Sign 911

When You Call 911 and Nobody Picks Up

By Kristance Harlow | May 3, 2017 | 1 Comment
Posted in ,

Emergency Sign On November 16, 2016, Becky Seguin found her brother David unresponsive with only a faint pulse. Becky called 911 while her younger brother, a firefighter, and his girlfriend, a registered nurse, tried to save David’s life. Her call was routed to a dispatch center in Westminster, Vermont. Two mountains and two hours separated…


You Call Us Snowflakes Like It’s a Bad Thing

By Kristance Harlow | May 3, 2017 | 0 Comments
Posted in , ,

People have been calling each other “special snowflakes” at least as far back as Fight Club, but the insult has snowballed recently. The Guardian dubbed “poor little snowflake” the top insult of 2016.

We Have a Media Literacy Problem, and Hysteria Over Fake News Isn’t Helping

By Kristance Harlow | May 3, 2017 | 0 Comments
Posted in ,

The latest scapegoat in the wild world of news and American politics is “the media.” The media is to blame for everything. The media is dishonest. The media should not be biased. The media is too biased. The media is fake news. It’s an inaccurate way to talk about such a massive collection of industries…

Segreated Water Fountain

How to Stop Having White Privilege Ignorance

By Kristance Harlow | March 3, 2017 | 0 Comments
Posted in

[Content Note: Racism] Are you white? If you answered yes, this lesson is for you. This is Part 3 in a series I like to call, “How to Be Less of a Jerk: A Crash Course on -Isms.” Be sure to study up with the other lessons on not being such a jerk: here are Part…

Read These 10 Books Before They’re Banned Books

By Kristance Harlow | March 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
Posted in ,

Books have been banned and burned for as long as the written word has been circulating in print. That’s why you need to read each one of these — before you can’t.

Yes, Trump and Hitler Are Similar – But It Isn’t Too Late To Stop Trump

By Kristance Harlow | February 28, 2017 | 0 Comments
Posted in ,

Deportation raids are happening en masse across the country. Refugees have been turned away at the border, echoing a shameful past when Holocaust refugees were refused entry to the United States in 1939. The ACLU is defending infamous white supremacist Milo Yiannopoulos, even though Holocaust survivors have said hate speech is a precursor to genocide. Xenophobia…

Trump is Awful by AP

What Bigoted Rev. Jeffress’ Private Sermon Tells Us About Trump

By Kristance Harlow | February 7, 2017 | 1 Comment
Posted in

Jeffress’ presence at the inauguration and his role on Trump’s evangelical advisory board can tell us something about Trump’s plans. Just before Donald Trump’s inauguration, Reverend Robert Jeffress delivered a sermon privately for Trump and his family. It was a decision that, like many of Trump’s decisions, drew controversy. In 2010, Jeffress gave a sermon…

Donald Trump

Trump’s Lies: Why He’s Good at Them and Why People Believe

By Kristance Harlow | January 6, 2017 | 0 Comments
Posted in

Moral values are appealed to through stories — and Trump is a storyteller. His false narratives are easier to believe than reject. The present is legitimized by the stories told about the past, and we are more likely to believe a story that aligns with the ones we’ve always been told.

Find help for a crisis by texting, calling, or chatting online with these free crisis organizations. Looking for one outside of the USA? Check out our support listings.

Crisis Text Line
Text: “HOME” to 741741

Suicide Lifeline
Text: “ANSWER” to 839863
Call: 1-800-273-8255

Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

Child Abuse Hotline

The Trevor Project
Text “START” to 678678

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call your local emergency number. The numbers listed here are the commonly used numbers for the stated region, the numbers can vary greatly depending on where you live. If you don't know your country's equivalent to 911, this wiki page and The Lifeline Foundation have comprehensive listings.



The Americas





112 & 999



112, 999, 110



112, 911, 999, 111, & 000


These online and international resources may help you anywhere you are located. Looking for local support outside of the USA? Check out our support listings.

DV Support Abroad
Call toll-free worldwide

I'm Alive Virtual Crisis Center
Live chat with trained volunteers

Crisis Connections
24/7 crisis support with interpretation in 155+ languages