He Would Tell Me

Reprint from Together We Heal Recently I had the pleasure of having breakfast with my friend and colleague, Boz Tchividjian. I’m so thankful for the friendship he and I have developed and while talking he gave me one more reason to be thankful. He brought to my attention something I had not given enough consideration. It’s from his insight this article originated. We were discussing the reasons behind why I didn’t say something about my abuse and why other survivors don’t tell or speak up while the abuse is occurring. During the conversation I told him something my mom...
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Uncovering Sexual Bullying: Learn the Facts

Blog by Joanne Johnson In recent years, government organizations, nonprofits, celebrities, and others have caught the media’s attention with their work to end bullying. As technology progresses, bullying continues to be a significant threat for today's youth. colin-farrell-anti-bullyingAnti-bullying campaigns are becoming as common as those against smoking, drinking, and drugs. As the public continues to learn more and speak out against bullying, we want to shed light on a specific type of this harassment: sexual bullying. WHAT IT IS: Sexual bullying occurs anytime a child uses fear, coercion, or force to...
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Google it

Having trouble understanding the prevalence of child sexual abuse? Just Google it. By now, you've probably heard the statistic that one in 10 children will be sexually abused by the age of 18. For many, seeing this number and actually understanding it are two different things. We hear statistics every day, and at some point we forget that these numbers represent actual children. You may think: Yes, this number is too high. Yes, someone needs to do something about it. I'm glad my children are safe. I know everyone in my child's organizations, I trust all our family members, and...
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5 things every parent and youth serving organization must remember from Matthew Sandusky’s courageous interview with Oprah

http://youtu.be/3JZOTE61bIw?list=UUKBnlTTgEnhIXv_c4LvvyMQ Last night, Matt Sandusky sat down with Oprah Winfrey for an emotional, eye-opening interview detailing his abuse at the hands of Jerry Sandusky. Oprah promoted the interview as a "must watch" for parents. In addition to parents, everyone in a position or organization that serves youth needs to understand these important messages provided by Matthew's first-hand account of child sexual abuse: 1. Grooming is a gradual process. "It started from the first moment he met me...when he picked me up for the football game for the first time, he would just reach over and his hand would be on your knee, you know..." "As the...
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$10K grant fuels fight against sexual abuse of children

Excerpt from The Newport Daily News The Newport County YMCA in Rhode Island is providing training for its staff and members of the community. "The image of a bogeyman driving a white van with no windows can be a reality, but in many cases, it's someone that you know and trust who is doing this." - Sara Meirowitz, Newport County YMCA development director "Statistics show that in the United States, one out of every 10 children will be the victim of sexual abuse by the time they turn 18." - Peter Milinazzo, Newport County YMCA executive director The Newport...
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Disney employees arrested in child sexual abuse stings

Excerpt from CNN report. Since 2006, at least 35 Disney employees have been arrested and accused of sex crimes involving children, trying to meet a minor for sex, or for possession of child pornography, according to a six-month CNN investigation that examined police and court records, and interviewed law enforcement officials and some of the men who have been arrested. Five Universal Studios employees and two employees from SeaWorld have also been arrested. So far, a total of 32 have been convicted, with the remaining cases pending. None of the cases involved children or teenagers visiting the parks. "Wherever you...
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We must help teens understand the seriousness of child sexual abuse

Excerpt from THINKPROGRESS In an incident making national headlines, a 16-year-old girl from Texas says that photos of her unconscious body went viral online after she was drugged and raped at a party with her fellow high schoolers. But the victim isn’t backing down. She’s speaking out about what happened to her, telling her story to local press and asking to be identified as Jada. After other teens started mocking her online — sharing images of themselves splayed out on the floor in the same pose as Jada’s unconscious body under the hashtag #jadapose — the victim...
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Oprah lands first interview with Matt Sandusky, adopted son of Jerry Sandusky

Excerpt from Huffington Post article. Matthew Sandusky, the adopted son of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, is breaking his silence for the first time since his father's 2012 conviction on 45 counts of child sexual abuse, sitting down with Oprah to tell his story. On Thursday, July 17, at 9 p.m. ET on OWN, Matthew shares his in-depth personal account of the grooming and manipulation he faced as a child in the Sandusky home. Matthew had remained silent for years, even originally testifying on his adoptive father's behalf in front of a grand jury. But just...
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Sandusky appeals his conviction yet again

Every time we think that we've heard the last of Jerry Sandusky, another headline appears in the news. Last March, we were subjected to an unnecessary and offensive TODAY Show interview with Dottie Sandusky. And last week, we had to hear the news that Jerry Sandusky is pursuing yet another appeal of his conviction on 45 counts of child sexual abuse. Each time we hear his name, we get angry all over again. Years later, the survivors, families, and entire community this man devastated are still working to pick up the pieces and heal. They don't need...
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The link between holidays and child sexual abuse prevention

Children on BeachWe often encourage parents to use holidays like July 4th to spend quality time with kids. This is pretty common advice given by everyone from youth organizations to parenting organizations. But what is the link to child sexual abuse prevention? As parents, you spend a good amount of time making sure your children are protected - from holding their hands when you cross the street to buckling them up into the appropriate car seat as they grow. If you've taken D2L's Stewards of Children training, you probably even...
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