survivor assistance

How to spot & help someone dissociating.

To better understand how to respond to someone who has dissociated, it is helpful to know what dissociation looks like and how to assist someone in that state. The following responses are examples of dissociation[1]:

  • Staring vacantly into the distance,
  • Spacing out or being uninvolved with the present,
  • Being unable to focus, concentrate, and respond to instructions, and/or
  • Being unable to speak.

After being triggered into a dissociative state, an individual may seem confused or vague and ask questions such as:  “Where was I?” “What did I say?” or “What just happened?” Some survivors only discover as adults that they dissociate under stressful circumstances.

To support survivors who have been triggered and ensure that they do not leave when they are feeling disoriented or embarrassed, it is best to:

  • Orient survivors to the present by reminding them where they are and what was happening when they began to have trouble staying present.
  • Encourage slow breathing (inhale to the count of four and exhale to the count of six), and if possible, do this sitting up with their feet flat on the floor.
  • Remind survivors to keep their eyes open and to look around the room.
  • Encourage survivors to notice physical sensations (e.g., the feeling of their back on the chair and their feet touching the floor, or sensation of air on their face).

As survivors become more oriented and responsive:

  • Do not touch them.
  • Offer verbal reassurance in a calm voice.
  • Avoid asking complicated questions or giving complex instructions. Instead, ask simple questions to try to connect with the person (e.g., “Are you with me?” “Are you following me?” “Can you stay present with me?”)
  • Allow them the necessary time and space to regain their equilibrium (a quiet room may be helpful).
  • Normalize the experience. If the survivor has disclosed abuse prior to this incident, let him/her know that some settings may trigger flashbacks or emotional responses, but it is best not to ask for details of past abuse that may have contributed to being triggered. If prior abuse has not been disclosed, frame the normalizing comments in terms of anxiety that many people feel when in stressful situations.
  • Ask if someone else can help such a friend whom you can call.

The more we can de-mystify the manifestations of abuse and understand the mind and body’s response to trauma, the more we can assist survivors in their recovery.


In Honour of International Women’s Day:
10 Movies About Friendship Directed by Women

Breathe dir. Mélanie Laurent (2014)
Charlie is an average French suburban teenager, but when she becomes fast friends with Sarah, the rebellious new girl at school, she discovers there’s nothing average about how she feels.

Daisies dir. Vera Chytilová (1966)
Two girls try to understand the meaning of the world and their life.

The Edge of Seventeen dir. Kelly Fremon Craig (2016)
High-school life gets even more unbearable for Nadine when her best friend, Krista, starts dating her older brother.

The Fits dir. Anna Rose Holmer (2015)
While training at the gym 11-year-old tomboy Toni becomes entranced with a dance troupe. As she struggles to fit in she finds herself caught up in danger as the group begins to suffer from fainting spells and other violent fits.

The Forest for the Trees dir. Maren Ade (2003)
As an awkward idealistic high school teacher begins her first job in the city, things turn out to be much tougher than she had imagined.

Divines dir. Houda Benyamina (2016)
In a housing estate on the outskirts of Paris, a teenager who is hungry for her share of power and success becomes a runner for a drug dealer.

Hush Little Baby dir. Hella Joof (2009)
Four dysfunctional teenage girls steal a car and elope from the institution where they live. They go on a road trip across Denmark, confronting ghosts of the past and settling old accounts as their dark secrets are revealed.

The Innocents dir. Anne Fontaine (2016)
In 1945 Poland, a young French Red Cross doctor who is sent to assist the survivors of the German camps discovers several nuns in advanced states of pregnancy during a visit to a nearby convent.

In Bloom dir. Nana Ekvtimishvili & Simon Groß (2013)
Set in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi in 1992. Friends Eka and Natia look to leave childhood behind as they ignore societal customs and work to escape their turbulent family lives.

Thirteen dir. Catherine Hardwicke (2003)
A thirteen-year-old girl’s relationship with her mother is put to the test as she discovers drugs, sex, and petty crime in the company of her cool but troubled best friend.

More friendship movies HERE and HERE

anonymous asked:

Hey so you continuously make a point to say that the term 'psychological torture' is just a term used by torture apologists and isnt real but I was curious about this because I did a research paper on torture in high school and included forms of psychological torture. Basically what I found is while both are equally as damaging, psychological torture is a different form of torture using unique techniques that don't involve physical damage. (1/2)

For example, watching a loved one die, mock execution and other ‘scare tactics’ for lack of a better term. I guess I’m a little confused about our refusal to use/accept the term when it refers to the type of torture used given that experts and the even UN use the term without using it to imply it is any ‘lesser form’ of torture. (2/2)

I’m trying to take this as an honest question but it’s rather difficult.

My refusal to use the term comes from people now referring to (in no particular order) starvation, sleep deprivation, dehydration, waterboarding, stress positions, forced exercise and clean beatings and oh yes that old American favourite ‘rectal feeding’ or medicalised rape with an object as ‘psychological’.

There’s nothing psychological about any of these physically damaging tortures. And describing them as psychological seemed to be a core part of the argument for such ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’.

I do not use the term ‘psychological torture’ because I grew up seeing it used to justify torture and because the researchers most of my knowledge is based on (Rejali and O’Mara) outright reject the term. They repeatedly deride it and these are the people who analyse the little data we have on torture, as opposed to the people who campaign for and offer immediate assistance to survivors.

There is a difference between these groups of people.

And for this I am choosing to side with the scientists. The people who study and analyse the effect torture has on survivors and the ways torture techniques ‘work’.

Attacks on family members or loved ones and mock executions are both legally classed as torture. There is no ‘psychological’ in the legal document.

But if you are determined that these sorts of attacks are purely ‘psychological’ then I’m afraid you’re wrong. The brain scans of victims, with large structural changes to the brain which O’Mara (who is a neuroscientist) classed as brain damage, say otherwise.

Real, physical, measurable damage to the brain.

Of course all torture has a psychological impact. That does not negate the physical organ damage it causes. The distinction you are trying to encourage is meaningless and until we as a global society take torture seriously it is  unhelpful.

I could go on but I think given the outright insulting tone of the ask this answer would rapidly deteriorate. Once again I am likely not from your culture or age group and I am more likely to spend time and energy on your ask if you are not rude to me. 

Instead I am going to refer you to the source page and suggest you start reading. 

And then I am going to refer you to Rule 6.


Alright, so I was messaged this prompt. CONTAINS SPOILERS!

Prompt: What are the companions reactions all romanced to sole telling them how Shaun is the leader of the institute.

Cait: At first, she’s angry. She doesn’t get why Sole wouldn’t just kill the damn bastard that’s leading the Institute. It took her a few moments before it all sunk in and she started to imagine what it would be like to be in Sole’s shoes. Be a parent with a son you love more than life itself and then to find that same child has grown up into something you’ve been hell-bent on destroying. Cait is well-aware that happy endings are few and far between, but this is horrible.

Cait (romanced): “Shite.” That’s all she knows to say when Sole tells her. She knows her lover has spent such a long time looking for their kid, only to find out he became loyal to the people who stole him. She’s well-aware that happy endings are few and far between, but this is awful. She was hoping that, for once in this godforsaken world, something would end alright, especially for them. She gently rubs their back with one hand and offers them a cold beer. She just hopes that even through this, they’re okay.

Codsworth: He tries to remain optimistic. At least Shaun is still alive, right? And Sole is his parent, still, so surely they can take charge and change his mind. And, maybe, if Shaun is in charge, it cant surely be that bad. He doesn’t notice the pained expression they give him when he mentions this. He is merely happy that Sole’s kid is alright. Why shouldn’t he be? He was one of Shaun’s caretakers once-upon-a-time, after all. It’s understandable that he’s so attached.

Codsworth (romanced): He comments that he’s so happy Shaun is alive, but, now, he sees Sole’s grief when he talks about him. He asks them if they need to cry and then offers them some water, after all people need to stay hydrated whilst letting their tears flow. Given that as a Mr. Handy, he can’t provide physical comfort, he asks them about what they’re feeling and listens to everything they have to say.

Curie: It takes her a while to think of a response. She imagines this must be so confusing to them. Her new emotions are confusing enough to her and she’s never experienced anything like this yet. and asks if they need any sedatives to help calm them. She knows that emotional trauma can be just as damaging as physical trauma.

Curie (romanced): This has to be so hard for Sole. She wraps her arms around them in a tight embrace. Medical studies have proven that it is helpful in calming people. She holds them close to her. She knows it isn’t much, but she’ll do anything she can for Sole and she tells them that. She cares for them and now especially, they need to be aware of that.

Danse: The Brotherhood has trained him to hate everything to do with the Institute. He is furious, not at sole or Shaun, but at the Institute. They took Sole’s son, an unforgivable crime on its own and then brainwashed him into being loyal to them. It’s appalling. He offers the survivor any assistance that he can offer. He’s not exactly great with the whole comforting thing, but he tries his best.

Danse (romanced): He pulls Sole close to him and just sits there for a while, softly assuring them that everything will be fine. He still firmly believes that the Institute is evil and so is everyone associated with it, but he tries to understand what Sole is going through. All he knows how to do to make them feel alright is just to be close to them.

Deacon: “Well, there’s a plot twist,” he immediately replies. He honestly can’t believe what they’re telling him, though. He’s the liar of the friendship, not sole. If they’re telling the truth, man… that sucks. He tells a few more jokes than usual and changes his disguise more often so that he can take their mind off of it.

Deacon (romanced): For once in his life, Deacon isn’t cracking jokes or telling ridiculous, falsified stories. He’s completely honest with them. He tells it like it is. At least, how it is in his book. The Institute is bad news and it doesn’t matter if Shaun was their son once. He’s the enemy now and, just like everyone else in the wastes, he can’t be trusted.

Hancock: Hancock doesn’t believe it at first. Sole’s kid being the leader of the Institute? Sounds like a bad dream after too much jet. He dislikes the Institute and has always been pretty up front about it. But he bites his tongue and tries to talk to Sole. See exactly how they feel about it. Then, he gives them a

Hancock (romanced): Once he finally believes the sole is telling the truth, he’s a little pissed. He’s seen too many people replaced by synths to even consider tolerating the Institute. But it doesn’t matter what he feels about it because right now sole doesn’t need to hear what he thinks. Does something to distract them. Offers some chems Tries to cook them dinner, but ends up burning everything. Making food isn’t exactly one of his skills. But, either way, he does a decent job at taking their mind off of things.

MacCready: Gets them a drink. Something a little stronger than beer, though. He’s a father himself so he gets that this is a very complex discovery. Says that he’s got their back through it all. “That’s what you pay me for, right, boss?” he jokes. No matter how they wind up approaching this problem, he’s going to be behind them every step of the way.

MacCready (romanced): He reacts the same way romantically as he would platonically. He pours them a drink and offers emotional support, except he sits a little closer to them, his arm around their shoulders. He hopes that the contact will help relax them more. This could be pretty stressful.

Nick: “I’m so sorry.” He isn’t apologizing for himself, he’s apologizing on the world’s behalf. Fate clearly has dealt sole some bad cards and he feels pity more than anything. His life story hasn’t been all sunshine and any smiles, but this has to feel like a kick in the gut to the survivor. He places a caring hand on sole’s shoulder and sighs.

Nick (romanced): He does anything he can to help them. He tries to distract them with some detective cases and holds them close to him. He wants them to feel better and he’ll do anything to achieve that.

Piper: She cries. She cries because she was hoping that, for the first time in a long time, she’d get to write a happy article for Diamond City. ‘Vault Dweller Defeats Institute and Saves Son’. But now she knows that she’s never going to get to use that headline. She breaks down, disappointed in life and fate. She tries to comfort Blue, even though she seems like she needs it a little bit more than them.

Piper (romanced): She’s trying to hold it together. Hold it together for them, even though her heart is breaking into a million different pieces. She hugs them tightly and, while they can’t see her face, she blinks rapidly to get rid of the tears that are forming in her eyes. She swallows the lump in her throat, puts on a fake smile, and reminds Blue that she’s here if they need to talk or anything.

Preston Garvey: “Damn. Are you alright?” He can still remember when Sole was fresh out of the Vault, seeing that the world they once knew was gone and the only thing driving them forward was finding their son. Preston doesn’t know what he thinks about it, but he trusts that, whatever happens, the general will do what’s best for the people of the Commonwealth. He’s sure of it.

Preston Garvey (romanced): Drags them off to a secluded area of Sanctuary and asks for them to talk to him about it. It’s not really asking so much as begging. He’s been pretty low before and lost all hope. He’s been through that before and he doesn’t want to have to see sole going through that. Once he knows they’re fine, he tries to do something special to cheer them up.

Strong (either way): Strong doesn’t understand the emotional attachment between parent and child. He doesn’t understand why sole is feeling conflicted about it all and isn’t really much help in the way of dealing with it.

X6-88 (either way): He was already aware that Shaun was the leader of the Institute, so he’d probably just be really confused as to why in the hell they’re telling him this sudden, shocking information.

Scenario: In the wake of a terrifying attack, an entire city has been drowned by a wave of incredible height and power. The confounding part, though, is that this particular city is landlocked and hundreds of miles from any notable coastline.

The party is sent in to assist survivors and to dispatch with bandits and raiders that would otherwise take advantage of this destruction, when one of them finds a mysterious treasure: a jade statuette depicting some kind of malformed lizard. Thinking it important, simply valuable, or hypnotized by the calming effect it has upon their mind, the statuette is kept by that party member. It is not until days later that they are attacked in the dreaming world by mysterious, grotesque, human-shaped frogs, whether or not they actually got rid of the idol beforehand.

These creatures, the Ib Shades, assault the member and then the entire party in their dreams. They may believe it to be a curse until no method of shattering curses proves successful. Eventually, they find out that these phantoms are attacking their avatars in the Dimension of Dreams itself. They must find a method to fight back on even grounds, or else these horrors will torment them eternally, like they do the other survivors of the inland tsunami.

Of course, combating the Shades will eventually rouse the anger of their god…


So I got really excited about Dracula Untold (obviously) and about the possibility of a reboot of all the big Classic Universal Monsters, and that excitement led me to this… dreamcasting and reworking the old plotlines into potentially amazing movies…

So, I made some stuff.

PRELUDE: The Big Bad

The Old One — Charles Dance 


Modern-day, centuries after the events of Dracula Untold, Vlad has established himself as a powerful, mysterious figure in every major city in the world, owning land, property, and commodities; any who are even aware of his existence fear and respect him without knowing anything substantial about him. He is waiting for the inevitable war with the Old One, amassing power, knowledge, and monstrous allies—including his network of “Children of the Night,” some fully turned and others only bound to him, but still human; all of whom serve him with unwavering loyalty—in quiet preparation. The years have greatly changed him—the darkness he carried within has risen and consumed, making him fully the monster he once feared becoming. The light in him is buried deep. When he finds Mina, his lost love Mirena born again, he sets about to pursue her. The light she brings up in him again is directly in conflict with his long-held plans for battle agains the Old One—to build his own world of night, regardless of the costs; to fight fire with fire, darkness with darkness. However, when the Old One decides to distract him for his own gain—to test the depths and the very nature of what sort of creature his heir has become—by manipulating some human hunters (led by the zealous Van Helsing) into setting upon him, Dracula rises to the challenge in a truly wicked fashion. He uses Renfield as a spy in Dr. Seward’s asylum, torments Jonathan because it pleases him, and changes Lucy partly for the fun of corrupting someone so innocent, partly so her loss may weaken his human enemies. He plays with the hunters and chooses his monstrous nature, unleashing it on them in full for daring to distract him from his carefully laid strategies. By the end, his darkness is in direct conflict with his love for Mina, whose forgiveness and love, despite all he has done, stop him from being a monster the same way the Old One is. He is ready to fight a war, but not as part of the darkness—he is ready to again honor the light inside himself, with Mina and his own makeshift allies by his side, to face the Old One again as more than just a thing equally as monstrous, and succeed this time.


Dracula/Vlad Tepes — Luke Evans

Mina Murray — Sarah Gadon

Lucy Westenra — Nathalie Emmanuel

Arthur Holmwood — Ben Whishaw

Quincey P. Morris — Anthony Mackie

Dr. Jack Seward — Zachary Quinto

Dr. Abraham Van Helsing — Christoph Waltz

R.M. Renfield — Matt Smith

Jonathan Harker — Rafe Spall

THE CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT : Maria Doyle Kennedy — Rinko Kikuchi — Samira Wiley — Sam Riley — Mozhan Marnò


It is 1905, and the British rush to explore the ruins and artifacts of Ancient Egypt is at its height. Woken by an unfortunate group led by the arrogant Sir Joseph Whemple, the accursed Imhotep absorbs their life force, but remains trapped. The sole survivor from the group, “assistant” Ralph Norton, well educated and intelligent enough to be a Professor—unfortunately, the prejudice against his race prevents his great expertise from ever being recognized. He goes back to Cairo, telling Helen Grosvenor—likewise, an expert in her own right, never recognized due to foolish prejudice—the fiancee of Frank Whemple, what has happened. When Frank arrives after hearing of his father’s disappearance, he demands to be taken to Hamanaptra to search for his father’s body, convinced there is a wholly logical explanation. When the trio and their guides arrive, however, a troupe led by Professor Pearson and Dr. Muller, accompanied by the mysterious Ardeth Bay, are already hacking into the site, tipped off by their friend Sir Whemple himself a few weeks before. Ralph tries to warn them, but they only laugh him off. People begin to die, and Helen eventually realizes that Ardeth Bay is the cursed one, attempting to use the greedy explorers to unleash himself and his lost love upon the world of the living. By then, it is too late, and he has made it to Cairo, killing and unleashing some of the Ten Plagues as he goes. After all others are dead, the three heroes manage to lure him back to Hamanaptra. When the rest of the heroes’ plan to defeat Imhotep has failed, Helen makes the ultimate sacrifice, taking the curse upon herself, battling Imhotep with her new power, and traps herself and the Mummy in the tomb forever. However, decades later, Dracula arrives to offer the accursed Imhotep an alliance—but frees Helen as his ally instead.


Imhotep/Ardeth Bay — Mido Hamada

Frank Whemple — Orlando Bloom

Helen Grosvenor — Emilia Clarke

Ralph Norton — Chiwetel Ejiofor

Sir Joseph Whemple — Timothy Dalton

Professor Pearson — Jeremy Irons

Dr. Muller — Mark Gatiss

Mrs. Muller — Diana Rigg


Native Englishman Dr. Victor Frankenstein and his fiancee Elizabeth retreat to his newly-inherited family castle so he may focus deeply on his work. Normally very open with Elizabeth, he starts to become secretive, rarely sleeps or eats, and works for hours with his new servant Igor in the laboratory. Concerned and kept in the dark, Elizabeth calls their friend Henry and Victor’s mentor Dr. Waldman for help. When they arrive, he must hide his newly-made Creature from them. Because of Igor’s choosing the brain of a criminal, and Victor’s subsequent lack of care-taking, the Creature is full of rage and pain that rules him. As the Creature becomes more aware, he begins to resent “Father”, and escapes from his confinement to the forest. He finds a little girl, Maria, who plays with him. She begins to walk over an abandoned bridge, happy because he lets her—he does not want to refuse her, as her parents did. However, their reasons become obvious when she falls through a rotted board into the river below. He tries to save her, but by the time he pulls her out, she has already drowned. A villager sees him, and thinks, because of his appearance that he drowned her. Back in the Castle, the Creature confronts Victor, hating him because he made him a lonely monster, who does not know enough to save a child. He threatens Victor, who concedes to make him a Bride. In the last moment, Victor changes his mind, trying and failing to destroy her, but leaving a lasting impact on her mind. Furious, the Creature takes his vengeance by killing Elizabeth; the Bride, who is found in her room by an unwitting Henry, murders him too out of fear. Meanwhile, in the village, the Burgomaster has rounded up an angry mob to storm Victor’s castle; they set it ablaze. Victor, The Creature, and the Bride manage to escape; Igor burns alongside the bodies of Victor’s friends and bride, the final cost of his careless actions. Victor chases his creations across the icy wastes they run to; but his loss and failure take their toll along with the the harshness of the elements—and after telling his story to a mysterious stranger, he dies. His “children” find his body, and bury him, in their own strange brand of mourning. Modern-day, they live together in the mountains, two children alone in the wilderness. Dracula finds them—he was the stranger Victor confessed to—offering them a deal and names of their own as the story comes to an end.


The Creature — Lee Pace

The Bride — Tatiana Maslany

Elizabeth Frankenstein — Melanie Thierry

Dr. Victor Frankenstein — Hugh Dancy

Igor — Andy Serkis

Dr. Waldman — Ralph Fiennes

Henry Clerval — Cillian Murphy

Herr Vogel, the Burgomaster — Ben Kingsley

Maria — Quvenzhané Wallis


1927, and the Egyptology department of Tulane University has made an exciting find: a mummy. The head of the department, Professor Norman, is leading the study along with his assistant—Helen Grosvenor, calling herself Helen Whemple. Helen notices a hieroglyph on his sarcophagus, one she has seen marking only one other tomb… That of Imhotep. She has been researching the lore of those cursed to an existence like hers, but there are few records of such beings, and she still knows very little. One of the more irritating students of Norman’s, a rich businessman’s son named Tom Hervey, insists on being involved with the study—and on bringing his girlfriend, Amina Mansor. When she enters the proximity of the mummy, she faints after experiencing visions of Kharis and of herself in a previous incarnation. Only Helen sees her episode for what it is. Around the same time, Dr. Yousef Ayad arrives from Egypt, sent to offer specific insight into Kharis. Some members of the university try to send him away, but Helen sees that he can stay to help. Yousef believes the legend of the Mummy, and knows a great deal of lore on the subject from his native Egyptian scholars. Through Tom’s stupidity, Kharis finally rises; and promptly murders a security guard, stealing his tongue to replace his own. He comes after Professor Norman, forcing Helen to save him with her own power, and Kharis flees to the bayou to hide. Helen, Norman, his wife Margaret, and Yousef join forces to fight him using all their combined expertise. Kharis kills people at random in the streets of New Orleans, gaining strength and attracting the attention of police. When he comes for Amina, Yousef sacrifices himself trying to save her. When Helen finds him dead, she goes out to the bayou to find the Mummy—and despite the goodness and humanity he insults her for, she crushes him in a shockingly brutal defeat. Amina retains no memory of the night, returning home, but Tom uses lore Yousef left behind to try and kill Helen, calling her a monster. She refuses to hurt him, but at the last moment, Dracula appears and savagely murders the foolish young man. Helen takes all evidence of the Mummy, save a tablet she has carved for Professor Norman: hieroglyphs warning him to keep the secret, thanking him, and apologizing; and she leaves. She wanders the darkened streets of New Orleans, Dracula by her side, a monster in her own right.

Helen Grosvenor — Emilia Clarke

Kharis — Amr Waked

Dr. Yousef Ayad — Khaled Abol Naga

Professor Matthew Norman — Tommy Lee Jones

Amina Mansor — Elisa Sednaoui

Mrs. Margaret Norman — Jessica Lange

Sheriff Elwood — Matt Frewer

Tom Hervey — Jake Gyllenhaal


British-American conflict journalist Phyllis Allenby has been living in London and working on pieces surrounding the actions of Nazi Germany for five years when England declares itself at war in 1939. She surmounts the considerable obstacles to become one of the best and most fearless war photographers and writers of her time. She is with the Soviets when they liberate Treblinka; it is there, as she goes into the woods, that she is attacked by the Wolf–she manages to wound it and frighten it away… But she has already been bitten. She wakes first in a Russian field hospital, fully healed. A few nights later, the full moon rises. She transforms without her knowledge and kills everyone in her ward. In the morning, she is found outside the hospital, so it is thought she somehow managed to escape. They send her back to a hospital in London. She meets a nurse named Carol Winthrop, and the two become friends; when Phyllis is discharged and has nowhere to stay, she is invited to stay for a time with the Winthrops. She bonds just as well with Martha, Carol’s mother, and their new maid, Hanna Mare. She meets and begins a courtship with a G.I. stationed in London, Benicio Lanfield. But all is not well. Strange, animalistic murders have been happening in London. As well, she begins to have nightmares and visions of dead people from the ward and the camp, warning her about the curse she now carries. She refuses to believe it, also ignoring Hanna’s stories of lycanthrope lore and mysterious warnings. The evening of the full moon, she goes out to the cinema with Benicio. While he is getting them snacks, she transforms, kills everyone in the theatre, and begins a rampage that takes her back to the Winthrops, where she murders the women who have become like family to her. She wakes, and realizes she is responsible. She won’t see Benicio, and begs the police to arrest her, but they refuse. As she sits in the empty Winthrop house, Dwight Severn suddenly appears before her–he is the Wolf who bit her; he is responsible for the string of murders, and wants her to join him and serve him, as his mate. She transforms, and kills him. The next day, Hanna comes back for her, saying she has orders to help Phyllis, if Phyllis will accept. She does–Hanna burns the Winthrop home with a body matching Phyllis’s inside, and takes her to a mysterious mansion… Where Dracula emerges, to welcome her home.

Phyllis Allenby — Lupita Nyong’o

Benicio Lanfield — Gael Garcia Bernal

Martha Winthrop — Tilda Swinton

Carol Winthrop — Emma Watson

Detective Latham — Iain Glenn

Inspector Pierce — Hugo Weaving

Dwight Severn — Eddie Redmayne

Hanna Mare — Alexandra Maria Lara


Modern-day, and Lawrence ‘Ren’ Talbot returns from the war in Afghanistan, staying with his estranged father in the old family home in moors of Scotland out of lack of any other place to go. Despite difficulty with PTSD and adjusting to civilian life, he eventually connects with clever shopgirl Gwen and befriends somewhat odd outcast Bela. One night, after a double date (he and Gwen, Bela and Gwen’s best friend Jenny) Ren saves Jenny from the attack of what he believes to be a deformed, rabid wolf. He is bitten in the process. While recovering at home, strange things happen to his body, and he has frequent, disturbing nightmares about attacking other people as a wolf. One day, he is visited by Maleva, Bela’s mother, who tells him it was Bela who bit him in wolf form, and that soon he too will turn. Though at first skeptical, as the full moon grows closer, Ren goes to visit Maleva. She tells him how Bela is actually about sixty, stopped aging when he was bitten. They managed for a long time to keep Bela under his own mind’s control when he changed with the help of an ancient Romani potion, but this time, he had run out, and been away from home. He has been deeply depressed ever since. Bela enters and breaks down upon seeing Ren, apologizing. That night, after seeing Jenny one last time and giving her a kiss, Bela shoots himself with a silver bullet, leaving a note for his mother that says “I’m sorry, but this can never happen again.” Ren begs Maleva for a potion, but she tells him it will take time, as the potions are specific to each individual. John thinks his son his going insane, but Gwen begins to worry that maybe Ren is right, and tries to help him after Maleva provides her some decent proof. Ren moves in with Gwen, who cares for him as his nightmares and hallucinations become worse and worse. Finally, Ren changes on the night of the full moon, beginning to terrorize the village. Several old men are ready to charge in and kill him with silver bullets, but Gwen has obtained the potion to give Ren back his mind from Maleva. She administers it, but is killed in the process. Ren, in wolf form, howls in agony, then after being shot a few times, flees off into the moor with Gwen’s body. Maleva and John mourn their lost children. Decades later, Ren is living in isolation deep in the forests of Germany. Dracula finds him, and offers him an alliance.


Lawrence Talbot — Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Bela Alianov — Sebastian Stan

Gwen Conliffe — Gemma Arterton

John Talbot — Ciaran Hinds

Jenny Williams — Karen Gillan

Maleva Alianov — Maia Morgenstern

BONUS: Heroes, or Monsters… Assemble!


Loqi, once a Brigadier General in service of the Empire of Niflheim, was exhausted.

Keeping one eye on the perpetual night, ready for another howl and clank indicating the rise of a daemon, he opened up a wideband signal once more.

“This is MA-X 12-14-20, calling out to anyone with a working radio. I’m coming in from a lost nation with survivors. We need urgent assistance. We can’t last much longer out here. Please, if there’s anyone out there… say something.”

Under many houses, people screamed for help, but no one helped; in general, survivors that day assisted only their relatives or immediate neighbors, for they could not comprehend or tolerate a wider circle of misery.
—  John Hersey, “Hiroshima.” Seventy years ago today we published John Hersey’s story about six survivors of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima, Japan. Read the full story here.

Mass Fitting for Amputees in Tam Ky, Vietnam

by Ken Rutherford

On March 9, my colleague, Trauma Rehabilitation Specialist, Cameron Macauley from the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery (CISR) at James Madison University, and I had the good fortune to participate in a mass fitting for amputees in Tam Ky, Vietnam. When we arrived, some 200 men and women were awaiting their turns to have plaster casts made which would then be used to manufacture new, durable and very comfortable prostheses. They removed their old prostheses, and I was astonished by these ancient, hand-made artificial legs constructed of wood, rubber, wire and cloth. Most of them were broken and were repaired numerous times.

We were invited by Mr. Ca Van Tran, President of the Viet Nam Assistance for the Handicapped (VNAH), a U.S.-based nongovernmental organization, who sponsored the outreach event. VNAH was founded in 1991 by Vietnamese-American philanthropist Ca Van Tran. Tran came to the United States in 1975 where he found work washing dishes at a Mexican restaurant; he was soon owner of the Taco Amigo chain in Northern Virginia. He also served in the U.S. Marines during the Vietnam War. Tran regularly visits communities in rural Vietnam to offer free prosthetic devices and wheelchairs to people with disabilities. He has used much of his personal money to support programs for people with disabilities in Vietnam and is now interested in opening new projects in Myanmar.

“A new arm, leg or wheelchair makes all the difference in the world for these people,” said Tran. “It makes work, play and everyday activities possible and allows them to live with dignity and self-respect. Nothing gives me greater joy than to see an amputee walk with grace, pride and comfort. Even though the situation is improving for people with disabilities in Vietnam, much more needs to be done.”

Today’s event was an opportunity for amputees to be fitted for new prostheses, which will then be manufactured in a VNAH-supported prosthetics workshop in Danang. The community of Tam Ky is home to many people affected by the Vietnam War and the UXO resulting from it, however access to modern mobility devices is difficult. Of the 200-plus amputees who appeared at the event, nearly all used worn, outdated, home-made prostheses constructed from wood, rubber, wire and cloth. Poorly-made devices of this type are uncomfortable to use and often lead to skin breakdown on a residual limb, as well as chronic back pain and joint problems.

After being fitted for a new prosthesis by having a plaster cast made of their residual limbs, many of these amputees will be transported to the workshop in Danang. where the new prostheses will be carefully customized to their needs. They may also spend some time undergoing physical rehabilitation and learning to walk with the new device. Amputees who require upper-limb prostheses will learn to use their new hands to dress and feed themselves and to ride a bicycle or a motorbike. All of these services are provided free of charge.

These amputees were men and women who had lived for decades without the benefit of tough, comfortable prosthetic limbs that would tolerate physical abuse and exposure to weather. Their residual limbs were calloused and scarred from chafing inside poorly-fitted sockets. I could see the look of joy and relief at the thought of working, playing, and taking a relaxing stroll without feeling the pinch and cramp of a barely-adequate prosthetic leg.

I lost both my legs to a landmine in Somalia in 1993, so I know what it means to walk on artificial legs. I have met thousands of amputees in countries around the world, and I know how important these new limbs are to them. VNAH is providing mobility, comfort, safety and even beauty in the lives of these Vietnamese, many of whom never dreamt that they would ever be lucky enough to get a new prosthesis. It is a wonder and a profound delight for me to see such kindness in action.

Ca Van Tran recognizes the value of walking with dignity and grace, of running after a soccer ball, of having a leg that will not buckle under your weight. Thank you, Mr. Tran, for your dedication to people with disabilities in Vietnam and around the world, and to your efforts to making their lives easier and better.

Kenneth R. Rutherford, Ph.D.


Center for International Stabilization and Recovery

James Madison University

anonymous asked:

Do you know if/have a list of homeless/women's shelters allow pets? I hear a lot about revenge or intimidation killing of companion animals to discourage women from leaving abuse, or "get them back" for leaving. For a lot of women with animals, leaving an abusive relationship means risking your pet getting killed by your partner, or risking getting them put down in an animal shelter, or otherwise never seeing them again and that is enough to keep many women from leaving.

Very true; pets aren’t often taken into consideration when it comes to shelters and safe houses, but sometimes offering facilities for pets can mean the difference between someone getting out of an unsafe relationship or staying for fear that their furry loved ones will be hurt in their absence.

Here is a list of shelters equipped to accept survivors of domestic violence and their pets

Here is a Safe Havens for Animals directory

Here is a link to the Red Rover Project, which offers financial assistance to survivors of domestic violence and their pets.

The PAWS Startup Guide gives some interesting statistics regarding the role pets play in domestic violence situations as well as some guidelines to help start or advocate for a PAWS program in your area.



Your character is stuck in a traffic jam on a busy bridge.  Suddenly, there’s an earsplitting whine, and a large airplane drops from the sky. It slams into the bridge before crashing through the railing into the river below. What’s your character’s reaction? Will they help people on the bridge, or try to assist survivors in the water? Will they stand by and watch, or sit in their car, unable to move?



The warlock had been travelling with a squad of footmen on the way towards Southport when it happened; a column of silver-gold light lanced down from one of the spires and into the boggy woods of Arak, all but setting the sky itself alight in the process.  The soldiers fell deathly silent at the sight before a back-and-forth began on whether or not to check it out.  Some wanted to change course and head over to assist whatever survivors of the brutal attack might remain while others insisted on continuing on to Southport; the outpost itself being rumored to be under considerable distress, including whispers of betrayal from within. 

The murmuring soon came to a halt as when the warlock cleared his throat, volunteering to investigate himself.  The soldiers hemmed and hawed for a bit they fell into reluctant agreement with the man (though some were less reluctant than others, if only to get rid of the rather shady-looking character in their group).  Thus without another word, Cal made his leave of the squad, reaching under his cloak for a length of wooden beads, each inscribed with words of binding as he headed into the darker parts of Arak…

Callathum was nearing what he estimated to be the target of the strike when he all but stumbled upon the fallen arakkoa.  The robed figure knelt down beside the collapsed avian.  “…Are you injured?” On the surface the grunted inquiry seemed a pointless, almost silly question; it was fairly obvious the creature was in terrible shape.  But the intent behind it was more to test the creature’s coherency than to actually glean an answer. 

The warlock grimaced at the arakkoa’s ragged words before digging in his side-satchel for his waterskin, in the process of offering it before he was suddenly grabbed by the avian’s talons.  Cal endured the desperate clutching stoically. “You’re safe.”  Though if Izzial should notice the amorphous shadow-figure looming not too far from the warlock’s back, barely visible outside of the twin pinpoints of not-quite-light that seemed to be it’s ‘eyes’, that affirmation of safety might come off as…questionable.

The Arakkoa almost seemed to slip away for a moment; his eyes grew crazed and unfocused.  Those two words helped to recenter the avian; his gaze re-centered on the creature above him.  Blinking once, his instincts relaxed enough to let him survey the situation briefly. Notably, his eyes didn’t seem to catch the shadow-figure for the moment; instead, he focused on the physical characteristics of the being. After a few moments of confused silence, he muttered briefly. “You’re not a saberon at all.”

His grip relaxed on the man’s robes, replaced by a (what could be considered as rude) snatch of the water skin.  Izzial quickly took a few, messy swigs; the cool liquid felt heavenly on his soot-stained throat. After draining a good portion of the waterskin, he offered it back to the warlock.

“I… um.” The alchemist’s mind raced for several moments, trying to think of what to say.  Eventually, reality was more than enough to remind him of the position they were both in. “We need to go.” Just that small amount of water was enough to take the worst of it off of his throat. “The Adherents. They’ll be back through to make sure they got everyone.” It was then that his gaze caught that shadowing figure… Figure wasn’t even the right ride; his eyes had a hard time seeing where it ended or begun. The Arakkoa’s focus was certainly not mistakable; however, there was absolutely no hesitation to his words. After all, if this… thing had other motivations for him, at this point they could not be more final than the attacker’s intentions for him.

Reaching up, one clawed hand rested on the other’s shoulder, using it to help himself up.  His stance was shakey; more than once he wobbled. Izzial was not exactly a heavy creature; even compared to others of his race, he was less hefty. But what he lacked in physical ability he made up for in mental acuity; with the edge of panic beginning to abate, he looking around for the merest sign of danger.

More than once, he glanced at the human; trying to figure out … well, everything really. The creature was a novelty to him; and something seemed off.  That wasn’t necessarily a bad thing; in the Spires of Arak, the shadow wasn’t seen as something to be distrusted.

“Do you have a group? A Veil that you call home?”