Concrete Support in Times of Need: The Toilet Paper Metaphor

Concrete Support in Times of Need: The Toilet Paper Metaphor

By Claire Louge, Executive Director Imagine that you’re in a public restroom. After you use the facilities, you realize there is no toilet paper in your stall. You hear two people washing their hands at the sink. Do you ask them for help? I use this scenario in...
Stay Calm, Stay Connected

Stay Calm, Stay Connected

Yesterday, after my plane landed in Chicago for a short business trip, the couple sitting next to me got a panicked phone call from their son. He was in Spain on a school trip, and he had heard the news that travel to the US from Europe had been banned. His dad...
Smart People, Big Ideas

Smart People, Big Ideas

When I was little, I wasn’t sure what conferences were, but I knew they were important because my dad would go to them all the time. From how my dad described them, I understood that conferences were where smart people went to walk through fancy hallways in nice...
A Note From Claire: We Need to Talk

A Note From Claire: We Need to Talk

Almost no one likes to talk about child sexual abuse. It can bring up a range of feelings, from mere discomfort to shame, rage, and hopelessness. But avoiding the topic has a cost, and that cost is the perpetuation of child sexual abuse. It is estimated that one in 10...