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Wendy Williams

Wendy Williams

A frustrated mother asked Wendy Williams for help with her ‘sassy’ 2 year old daughter and I was disappointed in her answer. Wendy suggested that spankings would work. Dr Phil and all the experts say no. Who is right and does it matter?

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VICTORY!!!

VICTORY!!!

Florida’s Marion County School Board voted last night to ban corporal punishment and we wanted to thank you for everything you did to make that happen! Thank you to everyone that wrote and called the school board, signed the petitions, shared the cause and showed support!

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Cardinal Dolan

Cardinal Dolan

It seems incredible to me that the Roman Catholic Church are standing in the way of doing the right thing for children, for abuse prevention and for justice.

I find it just as galling that our legislators are influenced by them.

Why you? Why now?

Today, we ask you to consider participating in a new research study from one of our partners, See the Triumph. Their research is on the process of overcoming an abusive relationship – how you did it, what the process looked like, and what impacted your process. They are seeking participants who (a) are at least 21 years of age, (b) were formerly abused by an intimate relationship partner (e.g., a boyfriend, life partner, spouse), (c) have been out of any abusive relationship for at least two years, and (d) speak English.

Why you? Why now?
posted on: Apr 23, 2014 | author: admin

Advocate Training

The NCADV and Battered Mothers Custody Conference will sponsor an advocate training designed to help protective mothers. The training will occur on Friday, May 9 at George Washington University Law School from 10 AM-4 PM. The law school is located at 20th and H St. NW in Washington, DC.

Advocate Training
posted on: Apr 22, 2014 | author: admin

Family Reunion

KSL Utah bring us a sad story with a happy ending.

A family of nine will hopefully become a family of 17, and a horrific story of child abuse will soon have a happy ending.

Last week in Tampa, Florida, Jamie Hicks was arrested on charges of abusing her eight children. The story hit extremely close to home for Jennifer Gossard and her family. Jamie Hicks used to live in Utah and was charged with neglecting three of her other children 18 years ago, and Gossard adopted all of them.

Family Reunion
posted on: Apr 8, 2014 | author: admin

Forever Changed

When a child reports abuse by a parent, the child’s worse nightmare is realized.

The abuser warned them not to tell, or bad things would happen.

The bad things that happen are truly unimaginable.

Forever Changed
posted on: Apr 7, 2014 | author: Admin1
Rape Me

Rape Me

posted on: Apr 5, 2014 | author: admin

Today marks the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death. The “War on Drugs” was huge, and Kurt Cobain became a sort of poster child for why drugs were bad. This scruffy, long-haired guy screaming songs about drugs, sex, mental illness and rage epitomized everything wrong with a generation.

But does the answer have more to do with Generation X being the first generation to come of age with an unprecedented belief in equality and an understanding that child abuse was wrong, but still entrapped in a world where no one was protecting them.

Why Get Involved II

Why Get Involved II

posted on: Apr 4, 2014 | author: admin

Lala Fogarty continues April Child Abuse Awareness Month with her second post on why we should all get involved in stopping child abuse in our communities, Setting Boundaries.

Tick, Tock, Talk.

Tick, Tock, Talk.

posted on: Apr 4, 2014 | author: admin

Melanie Blow talks about rape a lot.

She writes about it too.

Here she writes about the why she does it. The difference it makes for her, for other survivors and for society.

What Is Rape?

What Is Rape?

posted on: Apr 4, 2014 | author: admin

Kelly Kend asks an important question, what is rape?

Kelly Kend is a documentary filmmaker living in Portland, OR. She has a background in anthropology and work on a variety of educational and research-based projects. Her work tends to be focused on the details of human interaction and seeks to amplify quieter voices. She is currently in the process of producing her first independently produced film, Yeah Maybe, No, and she is asking for your help.

A Child’s View

A Child’s View

posted on: Apr 3, 2014 | author: admin

As I sit at the normal pick up and drop off spot for parents, waiting patiently for my son, I cannot help but notice the number of children getting out of the car and rejoining either mom or dad. Each child has a story but do any of us really know what that child’s story is? I watch the reactions of the kids getting out of the vehicle, some happy because they had a great visit with the non-custodial parent, some happy to see their mom and or dad and some other children are crying. But do we really know what is behind a child’s eyes, the pain they are feeling inside, the confusion on their face or the bruises that are all over their little bodies?

Here’s my story. If you have one please share it below mine. Because I know I am not the only one to wonder.

Lemon Juice

Lemon Juice

posted on: Apr 3, 2014 | author: admin

Why don’t survivors speak out sooner? When the topic of Statute of Limitations reform is broached, a perennial question is “why...

Top 10 Reasons

Top 10 Reasons

posted on: Apr 2, 2014 | author: admin

Jill Starishevsky has been an Assistant District Attorney in New York City since 1997, where she has prosecuted thousands of sex offenders and dedicated her career to seeking justice for victims of child abuse and sex crimes.

She has heard all the reasons why parents don’t discuss child sexual abuse prevention with their children. In honor of April’s Child Abuse Prevention Month memorializes the top 10 reasons why parents choose not to discuss the subject.

Is your reason on this list?

Safe At Home?

Safe At Home?

posted on: Apr 2, 2014 | author: Admin1

What is it like to be safe at home? Here’s a description by wise twelve-year-old:

To me, home is that place where the
outside world can’t go. It’s a place that’s
safe, and happy, even when you’re sick.
It’s where the light is always on, and
where the music is playing!

Meanwhile, this is not what all children experience. Many live in homes inhabited by wolves wearing sheep’s clothing.

Listening

Listening

posted on: Apr 2, 2014 | author: admin

Tina Swithin asks why we aren’t listening to children when they talk about their abuse.

“According to my personal experience and research, this agency that was designed to protect children often hands out hall passes to abusers the moment they discover that there is a child custody case in progress. They simply don’t want to get involved so they turn a blind eye to the abuse. Sadly, they’ve given this particular father at least 14 hall passes to abuse his child in horrific ways.”

Building Belief

Building Belief

posted on: Apr 1, 2014 | author: admin

Wanting to become a Believer but not sure where to start?

Here’s a step to step guide to becoming a Believer and sharing your belief with the world.

Eain Brooks R.I.P.

Eain Brooks R.I.P.

posted on: Apr 1, 2014 | author: admin

Eain was a 5 year old little boy from Buffalo NY who unfortunately lost his life at the hands of his mothers boyfriend, Matthew W. Kuzdzal.

Today, April 1st marking the start of Child Abuse Awareness Month, Melanie Blow asks why we, the people, allow so many of our children to be abused. We know how to stop abuse. So why don’t we?

Why do people abuse? What can we do to stop it?

Believers

Believers

posted on: Apr 1, 2014 | author: admin

Many people ask me how I can keep working on painful abuse cases in which courts often disbelieve true complaints and fail to protect children. The answer might be found in this inspiring story of three brave children who told my client their father was physically and sexually abusing them.

Their mother had made a report to child protective services and asked the family court for custody and a protective order. Initially the children were protected while the investigation proceeded. The children told the child protective caseworker, the judge, their law guardian and the evaluator what their father had done.

Nobody believed them.

Victim Victory!

Victim Victory!

posted on: Apr 1, 2014 | author: admin

In a move reflecting the massive change from a church in crisis to a church where a “humble, people’s pope takes world by storm,” Cardinal Dolan this morning announced his support for a the Child Victims Act (A1771A).

The Child Victims Act, brought forward by victims of child sexual abuse and their advocates, was blocked over the last 10 years by the Roman Catholic Church who have invested millions of dollars through lobbyists over the years to protect their secrets.

Read how this important change may affect this years legislation in Albany.

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