Articles by Erin Rhoda


Video of one year of domestic violence in one minute

on Nov. 05, 2013, at 4:05 p.m.
This video was created by Sigurna kuća (“Safe House,” in Croatian) and shows a year of abuse in one minute. The pictures are staged.

10 ideas to make Maine a better place to live, work

on Nov. 01, 2013, at 10 a.m.
Maine is really good at talking about what’s wrong with it. It goes something like this: Maine has an aging population and workforce. In order to reverse the “silver tsunami” it must find a way to not only retain but draw young people from away. At the same time that …

How do we reduce rates of sexual assault?

on Oct. 28, 2013, at 4:55 p.m.
The hard fact is that, while it’s clear that sexual assault is never the fault of the victim, and the involvement of alcohol in no way excuses the perpetrators’ heinous crime, it’s a little less clear how to most helpfully discuss the correlation between rates of sexual assault and alcohol. …

After torture in Congo, young man wages peace in Maine

on Oct. 25, 2013, at 9:56 a.m.
Nono Mukwayanzo knew it was dangerous but continued protesting human rights violations in his home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo. He eventually fled to Maine to save his life. "People are dying. People are afraid to talk," he said. Now, he is taking part in leadership training in Maine to continue his fight for peace.
Garrett Brown (left) listens to Paul Fazzi rap a song that he wrote while performing for him in Bangor. Fazzi says he uses his life experiences and struggle with addiction for musical inspiration.

Augusta man, former addict, finds new drug in rap

By Erin Rhoda on Oct. 24, 2013, at 2:59 p.m.
Paul Fazzi, 21, of Augusta started rapping when he was 9. “I’m still never givin’ up on my dreams. I’m a feen for this music like I need it to breathe,” he raps in his original “Don’t worry.” Fazzi doesn’t like talking about his past, which has involved jail and …

Escaping poverty: Why a job isn’t enough

on Oct. 18, 2013, at 10:28 a.m.
It is possible to reduce the number of people living in poverty. One expert explains how.

What do you say to a child who has witnessed domestic violence?

on Oct. 18, 2013, at 8:57 a.m.
This year in Maine, about 27,000 youth are estimated to have direct exposure to domestic violence as they watch events — or are victims of actions — that occur in their homes. Nearly one in 10 children saw one family member assault another within the last year. They may see …

How specific policies can help stop Maine’s prescription drug abuse epidemic

on Oct. 18, 2013, at 8:51 a.m.
The rapid rise of the sale of prescription drugs between 1999 and 2010 has resulted in a corresponding problem: death. Sales of prescription painkillers have quadrupled nationally in that time, and so have overdoses. Now more people die from prescription drug overdoses than those from heroin and cocaine combined. In …

Are Maine men standing up to domestic violence?

on Oct. 15, 2013, at 8:47 a.m.
Carlin Whitehouse of Portland, a prevention program educator for Family Crisis Services in Bridgton, recently wrote an OpEd for the BDN called “A Maine man against violence against women.” That headline is also the slogan for bumper stickers making their way around the state on cars, vans and trucks. The …
Erin Rhoda

Rooting for answers: How one clinic is tackling Maine’s barriers to dental care

on Oct. 11, 2013, at 2:15 p.m.
High emergency room use, lack of buy-in for preventive cleanings, not enough dentists: How one Bangor dental clinic is addressing these complicated challenges.
Erin Rhoda

In 40 hours: Learning to stop domestic violence

on Oct. 04, 2013, at 10:35 a.m.
What do you say to someone experiencing abuse?

Why don’t you just leave?

on Oct. 03, 2013, at 4:08 p.m.
Billie-Jean Niedorowski, an advocate at Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance in Bangor, put her domestic violence experience to paper in an OpEd for the BDN today. She details horrific examples of her former abuser’s control. Importantly, she discusses why it’s not easy to leave. She writes: For all the screaming and crying, …

A Maine murder victim’s story that ‘will never die’

on Sept. 27, 2013, at 11:45 a.m.
It’s not easy to explain loss. Yet every year those whose loved ones died at the hands of another gather in Augusta to try to put words to it. On Wednesday, about 70 people met at the University of Maine at Augusta for the 7th annual Maine Day of Remembrance …

How you can get students excited about school

on Sept. 20, 2013, at 3:49 p.m.
In a 2006 survey of American high school dropouts, half of them said they dropped out because their classes were boring and not relevant to their lives or career aspirations. What's one way for schools to improve engagement? More hands on deck.

How a Kittery woman is helping turn ideas into business

on Sept. 13, 2013, at 10:30 a.m.
Susan Tuveson of Kittery talks about starting a community kitchen and watching others pursue their food and business creations.
Erin Rhoda

Loving a survivor of childhood sexual abuse

on Aug. 30, 2013, at 12:06 p.m.
Do other husbands keep a machete in the bedroom in order to sleep at night, too? Do they also wince when touched? Shonna Milliken Humphrey describes her experience as the wife of a man who was abused as a child.

50 years after ‘I Have a Dream,’ one Maine man keeps marching

on Aug. 23, 2013, at 1:08 p.m.
Hugh Magbie, of Warren, was a college student during the March on Washington. He stayed home to watch the whole-day event on TV with his mother who was dying of cancer. He remembers jumping up and down and yelling, his mother bundled up in her day bed. She cried during King’s speech. She would die several months later.
Erin Rhoda

Steady, persistent changes in how Maine delivers health care

on Aug. 16, 2013, at 12:30 p.m.
One emergency room doctor reflects on the broad changes happening in Maine hospitals in the wake of health care reform.

How one Bangor woman’s life will change with loss of tax relief

on Aug. 09, 2013, at 10:33 a.m.
A Bangor woman explains how changes to a tax-relief program will result in a property tax increase of 3 percent of her annual income.

The wide reach of domestic violence homicide

on Aug. 06, 2013, at 8:59 a.m.
Each year, an estimated 30,000 people are victims of domestic violence in Maine. Even if people don’t experience the crime directly, it leaves a wide path of devastation. People never know when the crime will happen to someone they love and tear into their own life. It happened to Pat Pendleton, 72, of Rockport, who recently shared her experience dealing with the shooting death of her daughter, Vicki, in 1987, and raising her two children.
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