What’s Eric Fingerhut Doing at a Jerusalem U Event?

On Feb. 25, 2015, New York City’s 92nd Street Y hosted a screening of Jerusalem U’s documentary, “Crossing the Line 2: The New Face of Anti-Semitism on Campus.” After the movie there was a panel discussion featuring Eric Fingerhut, President and CEO of Hillel International.

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9 Lives for a Weeble

Wish I could blame nuclear weapons, a mutant virus or Hitler for the malformation in my Russian Jewish bloodline, but my theory is a suicide gene. My 9 lives. Suicidal tendencies and nine lives for a Weeble (“Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down.”)

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Raped at 13

I Was Raped at 13 and Too Ashamed to Tell

Written for NYCityWoman The first time I talked about the rape I was 26 and in a therapist’s office. “I can help you,” the counselor, Mary, said, “but it won’t be a quick fix.” My neck tensed up. I started bouncing my knee. Mary didn’t react. Her eyes were looking into mine: It was time to … Read more

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After the Violence

Guest Post by Ellen Zelda Kessner, author of AFTER THE VIOLENCE, a memoir about her daughter’s murder

A terrorist, armed with 3 guns and multiple rounds of ammunition, invaded my daughter’s home. He was not an Islamist extremist or White-Supremacist or schizophrenic—just an ordinary psychopath and a “good friend”. She tried to escape through the nearest door with her 9-month old baby in her arms but she was shot multiple times. She was pronounced dead at the scene. And her baby, wounded in the wrist, was found like the fictional character Dexter crawling in her mother’s blood.

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Why Sex Assault Victims Are Going Public

Facebook suggested I friend him. I guess our social networks overlapped. I guided the mouse toward his photo, and the little pointed hand hovered over his face. Fear and anger swelled up but curiosity won out and I clicked “Add Friend.” He accepted within minutes. Stunned, I wondered if he had forgotten raping me, or if he thought I had.

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Uncle Carl Wendkos

My Mother Had to Accept the Suicide of Her Brother

My mother’s oldest brother died of a self-inflicted gunshot to his heart. “He took off and carefully folded the new clothes he had put on just as carefully only a short time before, sat on the edge of his bed, and with his still strong left hand pulled the trigger that sent a single bullet cleanly through his heart. The coroner told us later that he had died even before he fell back upon the bed.” Published in The New York Times in 1977.

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CNN Makeup Artist & Hair Dresser

My guest appearance on CNN’s Dr. Drew show located at Columbus Circle, New York City. Essay in New York Times about seeing my rapist on Facebook.

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Interview on CNN’s Dr. Drew Show — Full Video Now Posted

CNN/HLN’s Dr. Drew interviewed Dorri Olds about her New York Times essay about teen trauma and seeing the boys (now men) on Facebook. Facebook suggested she friend one of the boys who ganged up on her when she was 13. She didn’t report it for fear of school bullying.

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A Mother’s Reaction to her Daughter’s Long Ago Teenage Rape Story

My Mom wrote: Dorri’s powerful and heartbreaking essay “Defriending My Rapist” published in The New York Times Opinionator: Townies. She was 13 when junior high school classmates gang attacked her.”

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An Excerpt from my Personal Essay “Defriending My Rapist” Appears in Today’s Print Copy of The NY Times

An excerpt from the personal essay “Defriending My Rapist” by Dorri Olds appears in today’s paper copy of The New York Times. The full essay can be viewed online at: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/13/defriending-my-rapist

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