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“Why Didn't You Fight?”


Why didn't I fight? This is probably the question I am most asked by others. For a long time, it was a question I could not stop asking myself. The following is an excerpt from my memoir, written years ago when I was still grappling with that question.
            “Right,” I told him at the intersection. He smiled and turned left.             “What are you doing?” I asked, my voice jumping in fear, which I tried to disguise as playfulness. Of course this was a joke. See? I get that it’s a joke. Now turn around. Turn around. Turn around. My eyes focused on my hands on my lap, the seatbelt tight across my chest, suddenly feeling too tight. The inside of his car was grey, all grey. I wanted to think of what to say, to do, but all I could think about was the grey.             He reached beneath my seat and pulled out a roll of duct tape. With one hand on the wheel, he motioned it towards me.             “Tie yourself up.”             “What?” Fear crack…

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) – June 15, 2017 and EVERYday

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) – June 15, 2017 and EVERYday June 2017 by Tara R., Medial/Legal Advoate
The United Nations has designated June 15, 2017 as the 12th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day with the theme being“Understand and End Financial Abuse of Older People: A Human Rights Issue.” The issue of Elder Abuse is of international concern due to the increasing size of the older adult population, to the fact that it is among the least investigated types of violence even though 5-10% of senior citizens experience financial exploitation in addition to other types of abuse, and to the lack of reporting whether due to shame and embarrassment or cognitive difficulties. A variety of organizations and agencies around the globe will join in efforts to raise awareness about this global problem. The3rd Global Summiton Elder Abuse will take place on WEAAD in Washington, D.C. as well.
What is Elder Abuse? According to The Elder Justice Roadmap,  elder abuseis “abuse, neglect, aband…

Dr. Marty Gates Receives Pete Macky Advocacy Award

At Transitions' Annual Auction on June 1, 2017, former Executive Director Dr. Margaret "Marty" Gates was presented the Pete Macky Advocacy Award by Judge Michael Hudock and Nancy Macky.
Pete Macky inspired us to create this award. Last year, as his retirement approached, we were excited to present this award to Pete who was preparing to travel extensively and enjoy his retirement. With some of his free time, Pete was a mentor to Elizabeth deCastro, Esq. and Jamie Grobes, the staff of our newly formed Transitions Legal Center (TLC).  Pete helped us establish this Center and, as always, left his indelible mark, complete with his remarkable knowledge and humility.  Pete richly deserved this award for his amazing dedication to the rights of victims in the Susquehanna Valley.  He was the best of his time and will remain with us forever through his legacy of caring and commitment to the underserved among us.  As an attorney with North Penn Legal Services, Pete was the epitome o…