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Professor at Columbia and Adelphi, TEDtalker, Social Worker, Trauma Expert. Exec producer The Acid King. Views expressed are solely my own.
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1 Jan
When Sigmund Freud discovered that the women he psychoanalyzed were raped by fathers, brothers and priests, instead of telling this truth to the world, he called them delusional and said they made it up.

Now @kdrum has called Tara Reade, who accused Biden of rape, a "lunatic".
Freud's revisionism set the cause of understanding the trauma of sexual violence back for a hundred years.
Now @MotherJones has allowed Drum to publish his anti-woman and anti-victim shaming article and shame a woman survivor with the same "lunatic" label.
It wasn't enough for the Democratic establishment to kill #MeToo by marginalizing Tara Reade, they have now doubled-down on misogyny and rape denial by publishing this dangerous drivel, using it as a weapon against women who have been victimized by men.
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1 Jan
.@kdrum of @MotherJones just engaged in victim-shaming and rape apology by calling @ReadAlexandra a lunatic. As an expert in the field of sexual violence, I'm calling on him and Mother Jones to remove her from the list and print an apology immediately.…
Tara Reade has multiple corroborations, on the record, of people she told about the rape and harassment she suffered at rhe hands of then-Senator Joe Biden. More corroboration than Dr. Blasey Ford ever had.
Mother Jones and Kevin Drum are engaging in defamation and feeding directly into rape culture. Incredible that a magazine named after a strong, radical woman would treat women victims of sexual assault this way. Unconscionable.
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20 Nov 20
Corporate Democrats are Emotional Abusers to the Progressive Left and Working Class:

In an abusive relationship the abuser often blames the victim for things not going their way. He may say "I got fired from my job because of you", trying to make the victim feel responsible.
The abuser never takes responsibility for their own actions and failures. It's always the victim's fault.
Recognizing their own shortcomings is an unviable option for the abuser. They need to diminish the victim so that they feel superior and their power and control is never threatened. "I'm always right. If it wasn't for you, things would be different".
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9 Nov 20
To my friends who supported Biden: Your candidate won. I and many others wanted a truly progressive candidate, but we were blunted by the efforts of the corporate rulers of this party.
That said, with the election behind us (regardless of Trump and GOP's distractions by calling the election illigitimate) I am formally asking all of you to join me in a fight for a true people's agenda. No compromises.
There can be no compromise when it comes to the lives of our neighbors. I need you to join me in the fight for:

-Medicare for All, to guarantee healthcare for all ppl and stop the deaths of what medical researchers say is 68K ppl a year due to for-profit health insurance system
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6 Nov 20
I am an expert in trauma and I've dedicated my career to helping survivors. Since I came out in support of Tara Reade:

-my professional reputation has been attacked

-my employers have been contacted with coordinated attempts to get me fired
-articles have been planted in news outlets to attack me professionally

-my personal character has been impugned.

All of this has been done by Democrats in support of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. They are complicit.

I have the receipts.
It's important to note: this is nothing compared to what Tara has faced. That said, to be ruthlessly attacked by troll farms associated with the DNC because I stood up for a victim of sexual assault is unacceptable and shows who the Dems really are.
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4 Sep 20
Joe Biden presided over Clarence Thomas hearings when Anita Hill accused Thomas of workplace sexual misconduct. Right before he a mounted his prez run, Biden called Hill. She said the conversation was inadequate and that it left her 'deeply unsatisfied'.…
Anita Hill also said that Biden's actions during the Thomas hearings had harmed her and other victims.
Hill also said that Biden 'set the stage' for what went on in the Kavanaugh hearings, where the reputation of Dr. Blasey Ford was attacoed by GOP. Anita Hill then said she was troubled by recent disclosures of Biden inappropriately touching women.
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21 Aug 20
To those who question why Tara Reade didn't go to police after being sexually assaulted by Biden in 1993-
A thread:

25 years before #MeToo and sexual assault was not taken seriously

Police were not trained in sexual assault then and often dissuaded victms from pursuing cases
Joe Biden was a powerful Senator who could have destroyed any chances Tara had of ever working in DC again- her dream
I have been a director at 2 rape crisis centers on Long Island, in counties with a total population of 2.8 million.

I have trained police, prosecutors and judges in both counties.
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6 Jul 20
Bill Clinton's FBI ignored Jeffrey Epstein victim Maria Farmer's complaints about Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell when she went to them in 1996 w/her story of exploitation and intimidation.…
Records show that Epstein visited Bill Clinton in the White House multiple times in the early 1990s and donated $10,000 to a White House charity at that time, even attending dinners w/Clinton- before Farmer ever went to the FBI.…
The Clintons' relationship w/Epstein, and eventually Maxwell, is far deeper than they have acknowledged. Had the FBI pursued a case against Epstein in 1996, countless girls and young women could have been saved.
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19 May 20
At the heart of criticisms against Tara Reade is a serious lack of understanding on how trauma affects people.
As a professional who has worked with trauma victims most of my career, and who trains judges, police and other professionals about it, I am concerned that this lack of understanding trauma clouds not only Reade's case, but makes it more unlikely that victims will come fwd.
Being obsessed with small details- like what part of a hallway the rape took place in- shows a lack of understanding of how trauma memories get stored in the brain.
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25 Apr 20
I have worked in the field of sexual violence and trauma most of my career. What follows are a few thoughts about Tara Reade and why her allegations need to be taken seriously. #IBelieveTaraReade
First- I have worked with hundreds of victims of sexual assault in my life as a director and then a senior director at two rape crisis centers in New York. Currently, I teach professionals about how victims disclose and how hmtrauma affects them.
I have trained thousands of professionals in the NY region and around the country on this subject. I have trained over 1,000 trial judges in NY in the past couple of years and as recently as the beginning of March of this year.
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