Learning the facts about sexual abuse is the first step to protecting your littles during this busy holiday season. If we know the facts, we know how to protect our kids before they become statistics on an unforgiving table of data.
I expected they would have questions, things like “What can we do?”, “Who does this really affect?”. All of the things I have been asked in the past, by both teens and adults. That was not the case this time.
Knowing who is impacted by the disorder, what PTSD might “look” like, and how it can be treated will hopefully help you, or someone you know not only recover but ultimately triumph over abuse
“Boys will be boys” is no longer an acceptable phrase to excuse an entire gender of behaviors that are undesirable.
My call to action is criticism and sensitivity to the details surrounding sex trafficking and child abuse, because in the absence of reality, experienced people tend to reference the reality perceived, in order to better understand something they aren’t familiar with.
Through our research with survivors of past abusive relationships, we’ve heard from several survivors how important it is to simply give oneself permission to practice self-care.
Are we, as parents, sometimes helping to “groom” our own children? Do we set the precedent with rewards and punishments that adults are people to be pleased and their wishes honored, no matter what?
The Cosby scandal is just the latest example of the media finding excuses to remain silent while influential men abuse women and children. If they are genuinely sorry to have allowed the Cosby scandal and so many others to continue years after it should have been obvious, we know a lot of women and children who need their help.
Child abuse stops when WE stop it through prevention, intervention, and recovery. Suspect abuse? Report it.
Melanie Blow talks about her work protecting children from Adverse Childhood Experiences and asks for your help so she can continue her work. #GIVINGTUESDAY
Barry Goldstein has seen too many women like Janay Palmer brutally beaten by men like Ray Rice who believed there were circumstances that could justify their assaults. Now that Ray Rice has won his appeal and again avoided accountability for his vicious crime Barry asks, “Who should we blame?”
How about using proper terminology for a penis and vagina as well as breasts, and stop using “cute” nicknames for body parts? Having the correct words to identify body parts gives your children the language to own their bodies. Your children undoubtedly know the correct terminology for their arms, their knees, their ears and eyes and everything else but not their private parts. This shows them that our private parts are something to be ashamed about.