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The Almighty Trifecta of Child Abuse…for Now

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Surely, the shoulders of  the Catholic church must feel a bit lighter as it begins this new year.  Relieved that finally, after years of wearing the face of child abuse in this country, it can now pass that to another powerful and almighty institution, Collegiate Sports. Now it seems the sports world will soon be sharing  its spotlight with perhaps the most almighty and powerful of all…Hollywood.

But make no mistake, this A&P of  abuse will soon be joined by other institutions suffering their own scandals. And once again, America will feel  relegated to look on in shock and disgust and wonder how this is allowed to happen. In a sense, we all allow it. The silence surrounding abuse allows it because, as a whole, America is strangely silent. But we can do better. As a nation we can do better.  Our children deserve better.  Join the Stop Abuse Campaign and , it’s partners, and together we will. Read more on the Hollywood scandal at the links below.
Child sexual abuse is rampant in Hollywood, say several child stars in the know. What’s being done about it? Not a whole lot.


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Corey Feldman revealed that he and Corey Haim were sexually abused throughout their teens by adults in Hollywood — and now other former childhood stars are speaking out and backing up his claims.

“When I watched that interview, a whole series of names and faces from my history went zooming through my head,” Paul Petersen, 66, star of the popular 1950s and ’60s sitcom The Donna Reed Showand president of A Minor Consideration, told “Some of these people, who I know very well, are still in the game.”

Alison Arngrim, who played Nellie Olson on Little House on the Prairie, agreed. “This has been going on for a very long time,” she said. “It was the gossip back in the ’80s. People said, ‘Oh yeah, the Coreys, everyone’s had them.’ People talked about it like it was not a big deal.”

“I literally heard that they were ‘passed around,'” Arngrim said. “The word was that they were given drugs and being used for sex. It was awful — these were kids, they weren’t 18 yet. There were all sorts of stories about everyone from their, quote, ‘set guardians’ on down that these two had been sexually abused and were totally being corrupted in every possible way.”

Both Haim and Feldman struggled with substance abuse issues. Feldman eventually kicked his habit but Haim died in March 2010 after years of using.

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H&M Girl With A Dragon Tattoo Clothing Range ‘Glamorises Rape’ Says Blogger Natalie Karneef

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Blogger Natalie Karneef says H&M’s Girl With A Dragon Tattoo clothing range glamorises rape

Surely, there is a better way for H&M to sell and promote clothes to it’s millions of young customers than by offering a line of clothing  designed around a character who has suffered years of violence and abuse, not to mention being severely raped? Is it too much for us, as a nation, to demand more responsibility from companies like H&M, that stand to make millions in profits by fashion-izing and capitalizing on abuse. Abuse is not fashionable nor wearable nor cool and edgy. It’s an epidemic ravaging our country in epic numbers and it’s going to take all of us working together to stop it.  We encourage you to read the story below and respond. Perhaps you feel differently. If so, tell us. Igniting conversations and ending abuse, we are the Stop Abuse Campaign. 



University of Vermont Frat Asks Members: Who Would You Like To Rape?

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What does the despicable behavior of the fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon, speak to how we, as a nation, view abuse?  Why would an entire fraternity believe a ‘Who Would You Rape?’ survey would be okay? What are we saying about ourselves when our young, college educated adults are engaging in such behavior?

Read more at Huffington Post

University of Vermont Frat Asks Members: Who Would You Like To Rape?

Artist’s Mural Ignites Conversations and Heals a Community

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A large part of  the Stop Abuse Campaign’s mission is to ignite conversations and break open the silence that surrounds so much of abuse in this country.  Until, as a nation, we engage ourselves with serious intent about stopping abuse, we will never stand a chance at beating this epidemic. It  begins by talking and getting abuse out of the shadows and into the open light where it can be exposed and halted and the victims healed.                                                                                                                                                                      There is often no better conversation starter than art. Art is a powerful medium for igniting conversations and healing. Below is a story about artist, Yuriy Karabash, who has created a mural dedicated to survivors of abuse.


Yes! Even the Elite Get Abused

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 Poly Prep in Brooklyn, where former students say the school engaged in epic levels of moral mismanagement for decades.

When a report child abuse is made every 10 seconds (more than 3million a year), then we shouldn’t be surprised when abuse is exposed at all levels of our educational system whether economically wealthy or not.  The Stop Abuse Campaign is dedicated to education and it’s role in stopping abuse. It’s going to take all of us educating ourselves and each other about how we to stop abuse and putting that education into a curriculum for our schools. Working together, we can stop abuse. Read NY Times story by clicking link below.



Statute of Limitations – Germany Offers Therapy to Child Sex Abuse Victims

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After over a year of deliberation, the German government has begun taking proactive steps to restore some of the damage perpetrated against some 20,000 children, by members of the clergy.
Funding has been established to ensure that survivors of sexual abuse can get counseling where insurance policies often leave off. Each victim will be allotted 10,000 euros ($13,000) to seek therapy.  But perhaps even more tantamount in combating the after-effects of sexual abuse, is the extension of the statute of limitations from 3 years, to 30.
While many are grateful for the government’s recognition of their suffering, and decision to take action on their behalf, still others see the proverbial olive branch as insignificant in comparison to the lifetime of pain and suffering they’ve endured.  They feel that the government’s decision to provide treatment to survivors has trivialized their pain: “You can’t just throw a few euros at the problem and think it will go away.”
Many even feel that the statute of limitations on sexual abuse should be lifted altogether.  Though the additional 27 years granted to survivors in their pursuit of justice may seem like a huge improvement, a spokesman for victims expressed frustration over the fact that the changes still fail to encompass the suffering of victims who wait decades to open up about abuse they’ve experienced.
While statutes of limitation are enforced to ensure that governments pursue allegations of criminal activity in a timely manner, and preserve the accuracy of witness testimony, some feel that they serve as a deterrent to survivors who choose to come forward after an extended period of silence.
Statute of limitations on child abuse is a lightening rod issue in the abuse community, not to mention those it threatens to expose if it’s expanded or lifted all together. There is currently no single, unified message coming from the abuse community. The Stop Abuse Campaign recognizes that this is a complex issue for our community, and we want to hear from you. Talk to us. Talk to each other. The important thing is to keep talking and igniting conversations about how to stop abuse. Start by sharing your thoughts about Germany’s decision to extend the statute of limitations. Read the story below…

Read more at healthnews

NEXT! Hollywood’s Looming Child Abuse Scandal

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For a long time, the Catholic Church wore the face of child abuse in America. Now a similar scandal is breaking open in the world of high school and collegiate sports and we see the same pattern of adults ignoring or denying the abuse, protecting the abuser by a mild reprimand or relocation and never alerting the authorities about the abuse. Now Hollywood is bracing for it’s turn in the spotlight as child stars begin to speak up about being sexually abused.   Once again, America will listen and watch with surprise and disgust that this could happen to our children. Why are we surprised, when in reality over a quarter of America’s children suffer from abuse! With that statistic, we should be surprised that abuse isn’t happening in large organizations like church and sports and entertainment .  However, the fact no one wants to admit or talk about is, that MOST CHILD ABUSE HAPPENS RIGHT AT HOME!  No one industry or organization is to blame, we all share that responsibility.   The Stop Abuse Campaign has a plan to stop abuse, all abuse, but it’s going to take all of us working together to make it happen. Join the campaign. Take the pledge and become and AbuseStopper today!  READ MORE ABOUT HOLLYWOOD’S LOOMING SEX SCANDAL BELOW by clicking on the two links below.


Child Abuse Changes the Brain

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Child abuse – The brain changer 

Science now shows how the abused children develop differently and grow up with issues and problems that reach far into adulthood and affect all of society. Did you know that children who experience child abuse and neglect are 59% more likely to be arrested as a juvenile, 28% more likely to be arrested as an adult, and 30% more likely to commit violent crime?  Stopping abuse, especially the abuse of our children, will help stunt the growth of many of our worse and costly ills.  Get involved with the Stop Abuse Campaign today and together we will be the first generation to stop abuse.

(Reuters) – Children exposed to family violence show the same pattern of activity in their brains as soldiers exposed to combat, scientists said on Monday.

In a study in the journal Current Biology, researchers used brain scans to explore the impact of physical abuse or domestic violence on children’s emotional development and found that exposure to it was linked to increased activity in two brain areas when children were shown pictures of angry faces.

Previous studies that scanned the brains of soldiers exposed to violent combat situations showed the same pattern of heightened activity in these two brain areas — the anterior insula and the amygdala — which experts say are associated with detecting potential threats.

Children who experience child abuse and neglect are 59% more likely to be arrested as a juvenile, 28% more likely to be arrested as an adult, and 30% more likely to commit violent crime.


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NPEIV and Stop Abuse Campaign declare campaign to end abuse.

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On Thursday, December 8th the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence across the lifespan (NPEIV) and the Stop Abuse Campaign will call on all survivors, advocates, activists, researchers, practitioners, and abuse-focused organizations and agencies to join them in stopping abuse in America within the next 25 years. The announcement will take place in room 441 of the Cannon House Office Building, Independence Avenue and 1st Street, SE, Washington, D.C. at 2.30pm.

To break the cycle of violence the Stop Abuse Campaign is actively recruiting America’s adults to join the Stop Abuse movement and to help support the campaign’s three primary strategies to stop abuse:

1) Educating all adults on how to create safe environments for themselves and those who they love.

2) Providing easy access to enhanced mental health treatment and advocacy to all survivors who need it.

3) Ensuring all abuse is reported into the system and effectively handled.

“If we do only these three things we can substantially stop abuse, but to do these three things we have to recruit America to the cause – and that’s up to each and every one of us. We can do that if we all work together to stop abuse” says Andrew Willis. “So we have a choice, we can stop abuse or condemn our children and all victims to another generation of suffering”.

According to overwhelming research, not only does abuse feed more abuse through the cycle of violence, but it also fuels many of society’s problems. This costs taxpayers $500 billion a year. That’s the equivalent of 3 Hurricane Katrina’s every year, or funding 5 Iraq wars each and every year! Societal problems like substance abuse, prostitution, incarceration, suicide, teenage pregnancies, and human trafficking often have abuse at their roots. 80% of substance abusers, 95% of prostitutes and 85% of our prison population were abused as children.

“It is time for all organizations, agencies, survivors, activists, advocates, researchers, frontline practitioners, and others to work together in a unified effort to make this a national priority. The time is now,” said Robert Geffner, co-chair of the NPEIV, and President of the Institute on Violence, Abuse & Trauma (IVAT) at Alliant International University.

Speakers at the event are:

Andrew Willis, CEO, Stop Abuse Campaign
Jacquelyn White, PhD, NPEIV – co-chair/University of North Carolina Greensboro
Mildred Muhammad, Speaker – Domestic Violence Survivor, Advocate, Consultant, Life Coach, International/National Speaker & Author of “Scared Silent…When the one you love, becomes the one you fear”.
Angela Rose, Sexual Assault Survivor, Founder & ED of national Non profit PAVE
Joyce Thomas, RN, MPH, PNP, Center for Child Protection & Family Support
Bob Geffner, PhD, IVAT/NPEIV-co-chair

Other organizations in attendance:

Justice for Children, Stop the Silence, Stop Child Sexual Abuse, Inc. International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, Women & Public Policy Program, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University; DuBois Institute, Harvard University, APA, National District Attorney’s Association, American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, After the Trauma Inc, Trauma Knowledge Utilization Project.

The Stop Abuse Campaign is a grassroots movement formed in collaboration with other organizations and causes that share a similar mission. We know that it’s going to take all of us working together to stop abuse and that’s why we provide half of our unallocated revenues in grants to support all participating organizations. The Stop Abuse Campaign is a registered 501(c) 3 organization.

NPEIV is an overarching network of state, regional, and national multidisciplinary, multicultural organizations, agencies, coalitions and individuals. The Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT) acts as the fiscal agent for NPEIV. Alliant International University is a registered 501(c)3. NPEIV will be represented on the Stop Abuse Campaign board.

Download the Press Release here: Campaign-to-Stop-Abuse

Teen’s Anti Bullying Video Goes Viral

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Regrettably, Jonas is one of the thousands of young people, gay and straight who are tormented, often to death, by their own peers. And many times, with an adults’ knowledge of the abuse.

The problem is that it’s not seen as abuse. We name it teasing and accept this teasding as kids being kids and mostly harmless. WRONG! ABUSE 101 should be taught as a mandatory curriculum in all elementary and high schools. Early on, teach children bullying is abuse and it’s not just wrong behavior but can be deadly as well. Getting children involved and educated early on is critical to our campaign’s success. Children and adults both need understand that abuse is not just kids being kids. It’s kids killing kids with words and actions that have consequences far beyond their intent.  The Stop Abuse Campaign has a plan to bring education into our schools and into homes so that our children live lives free of abuse.


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Abuse Grooming 101.

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