Groom from Pixabay

Earlier today, I read an article that was published in the Ohio State Journal of criminal law written in 1997. From time to time, I like to review how far we’ve come in the understanding of causal links to rape/sexual assault. I cannot tell you how grateful I am as…

A Testimonial of a Pansexual Gender Queer Woman Who Had to Keep it Down So She Wouldn’t Get Killed

Photo by Jessica K. Bruhn “Be Yourself, Harm No One, & Tell the Truth”

Now that I have your attention.

I can remember, when I was a child, when things got really bad at home. And I was pleading with my parents with everything I…

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In 2013, there was a phenomenon in the online porn world known as Gonzo porn. It was the bane of my existence as a new counsellor providing crisis support to children, youth and individuals and families impacted by many assaults, addictions and afflictions on the downtown Eastside of Vancouver, BC…

by Jessica K. Bruhn, MA, CCC

Re-Creation Healing 2019

Photo by Vlad Kutepov on Unsplash

When I was a kid, the internet just sort of “happened.” Outside of computer science departments or the research centres of universities, the internet was a beguiling albeit uncertain bedfellow. I enjoyed learning how to instant message in chat rooms and…

My friend climbing up a hill, c. Jessica K. Bruhn, 2019

“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound or stab us. If the book we’re reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow to the head, what are we reading for? So that it will make us happy, as you write? Good Lord, we would be happy precisely if we had no books, and the kind of books that make us happy are the kind we could write ourselves if we had to. But we need books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us. That is my belief.” — Franz Kafka

When I was a child and youth, I was constantly wondering, thinking, reviewing and creating art from my musings. It was phenomenal to me how incredibly diverse human experiences were, and how intense joy, and sorrow, could be.

This fascination with the human breadth of experience launched me into some…

Jessica K. Bruhn, MA, CCC

Writer of plays, print and films. Canadian Certified Counsellor, trauma, addiction family therapist. Director and actor of videos, short-films and features.

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