Talk About It! Small Children = Small Lessons

Talk About It! Infant-to-Teen Sexual Abuse Prevention & Body Safety Education Part 1 of 3, by Ginger Kadlec, author of Be A Kid's HeroTM All parents should know two truths:
  1. It’s NEVER too early to begin teaching children about sexual abuse prevention or “body safety”.
  2. Kids who KNOW body safety rules are 100% better prepared to deal with attempted sexual abuse than children who are kept in the dark.
As we adults begin thinking about child sexual abuse, we immediately think of the...
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We’re Talking About Child Sexual Abuse Prevention. Why Isn’t Everyone?

(function() { var _fbq = window._fbq || (window._fbq = []); if (!_fbq.loaded) { var fbds = document.createElement('script'); fbds.async = true; fbds.src = '//connect.facebook.net/en_US/fbds.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(fbds, s); _fbq.loaded = true; } })(); window._fbq = window._fbq || []; window._fbq.push(['track', '6027349461374', {'value':'0.00','currency':'USD'}]); When Benjamin Franklin wrote that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” he likely had no idea just how common the phrase would become. We...
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Baby role-play: A potentially abusive fetish flourishing on Instagram

Excerpt from The Washington Post. A group of Instagram users are creating strange fictional relationships using photos of other people’s children. Often the accounts are anonymous or private. They are filled with photos of babies and kids, presumably stolen from social media sites. These are mostly amateur shots — say, from a family’s trip to the beach or a baby toddling in the backyard — not professional photos. In comments, the fantasy comes to life. Users have conversations pretending to be the parent or the baby. The babies “say” things like “Mes wove fwowers!” while other users might ask what...
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5 Questions to Ask Childcare Providers

As a first-time mother, I’ve spent countless hours researching the safest car seat to use, when to introduce foods and what foods to introduce, how many dirty diapers are normal, developmental milestones…you name it, and I’ve probably looked into it in order to make the best possible parenting decisions for my baby boy. Without a doubt, one of the most stressful decisions was the search for a childcare provider. For new parents, this can be a daunting task. Staff qualifications, facility safety record, program components – it seems like there is an exhaustive list of questions to ask. And then, after...
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In hope of helping others, delegate reveals abuse as child

Excerpt from baltimoresun.com Delegate C.T. Wilson stepped to the podium of a state Senate committee during a routine hearing, about to confess a secret. He took a deep breath. "I don't really, really want to be here," he said. Wearing a gray suit, years removed from his daily nightmare, Wilson told the senators that as a child, his adoptive father repeatedly beat and then raped him. "I can't describe to you the pain of being beaten, sodomized and molested for years," he said. Between ages 9 and 15, "I went from a difficult life to a downright hell." The abuse at...
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Punishing the victims: Sexually exploited kids in the U.S.

Excerpt from trust.org On March 16, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States held an extraordinary hearing. It was an examination of the United States government’s treatment of American girls and boys who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation. The petitioners, led by Kerry Kennedy of the RFK Center for Human Rights and Malika Saada Saar from Rights4Girls, told the Commission about the practice in dozens of states of police arresting underage kids on charges of prostitution. Instead of being offered shelter, trauma care, and services appropriate to trafficking victims, hundreds of abused teenagers are instead...
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The NFL Confronts Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

NFL Presentation William GayRecently, the National Football League provided to the public a moving presentation on domestic violence and sexual assault that was given to all 32 clubs. Using the voices and experience of coaches and players, the NFL addresses the seriousness of these issues, their long-reaching consequences, and the need to actively work to create safer communities for women and children. You’ll see many of D2L’s philosophies echoed throughout the presentation – talking about it, bystander intervention, and the importance of prevention, to name a few. We at Darkness to Light applaud...
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Emotional Trauma’s Surprising Effect on Children

Excerpt from clevelandclinic.org Traumatic events in children’s lives can have the same effect as head trauma, a new study says. The study, published recently in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, finds that emotional trauma at a young age may cause changes to the brain that are similar to head trauma. The connection between emotional trauma’s and physical trauma’s effect on the brain is an increase in a protein called S100B. S100B is a protein usually found in the brain. But when the protein makes its way to the blood, this is a sign that the barrier that separates the brain...
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Workshop Helps Illustrate Abuse Symptoms

Excerpt from dailyitem.com MIFFLINBURG — Sexually abused children don’t show many physical signs, said a Valley physician who works with these young victims. They have less-than-obvious psychological symptoms that easily can be written off to something else. Helping adults see these signs is the goal of “Stewards of Children,” a free, two-hour interactive training session from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at First Lutheran Church, 404 Market St. in Mifflinburg. Parents, guardians, any adult who works with or volunteers with children are encouraged to attend this workshop, sponsored by the YMCA. This is not, however, the mandated child abuse reporting training...
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Taking On Child Sex Abuse In a Difficult Climate

Excerpt from "Letter to the Editor" on desmoinesregister.com State Sen. Janet Petersen deserves credit for taking on the issue of child sexual abuse in a difficult political climate, but the opposition she's encountering shows how little this crime is understood even by lawmakers and others who should know better. Iowa State House This is especially true concerning the retroactive "window" provision for civil actions, which Petersen had to remove to make the SF107 bill more palatable to her colleagues and to lobbyists from the Iowa Catholic Conference and the Iowa Association of...
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