We Are Survivors 

This blog is dedicated to the tens of millions of adult survivors of child abuse and neglect who get up every day and try to work and function in a world that seems to not care about us.

Child Abuse Survivors and the Justice System - Part 4

The Catholic Church works very hard to prevent lawsuits against perpetrators—even against those who are not Catholic. For an organization where documented proof has been substantiated of them protecting and hiding child molesters for over 50 years, why do they even have a voice at the table? Are serial child molesters’ opinions considered when developing legislation to protect victims? As someone once told me, “Money and power—that’s all it takes to silence victims.”

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Child Abuse Survivors and the Justice System - Part 3

Most corporations and businesses are unsympathetic to the plight of adult survivors of child abuse and neglect. Unlike a physical disability where an employee will usually get an accommodation (e.g., someone needs brighter lights over their desk due to severe eye problems), a survivor who presents that they have a mental disability (e.g., a person diagnosed with PTSD) will most likely lose their job and their benefits. I know because that is exactly what happened to me.

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Child Abuse Survivors and the Justice System - Part 2

As I said in my previous blog [Child Abuse Survivors and the Justice System - Part 1], everything is stacked against a survivor of child abuse who wants to seek justice. Survivors are invisible to most Americans, so much so that even when sensational media attention is focused on child abuse, adult survivors don’t even come up in the discussion.

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Child Abuse Survivors and the Justice System - Part 1

Just as in the general population, there is a lot of misinformation and a general lack of knowledge about what is helpful for child abuse survivors who become involved in the justice system. I am providing information that I hope will be helpful for both survivors and the entire spectrum of those involved in prosecuting crimes against perpetrators. It is important that everyone from judges to law enforcement to victim advocates understand what a survivor is experiencing and how to best support his/her needs.

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mikko523
I was abused by both my step father when I was two and again by my brother when I was twelve. I have been going through therapy fo... Read More
Friday, 04 October 2013 10:52
shelaghstephen
So true. And there should be NO statute of limitations for child abuse because it takes so long for the victim to report. But when... Read More
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Child Abuse Survivors Excluded from ADA

In 1990, Congress enacted groundbreaking legislation protecting the rights of disabled workers. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) put employers on notice that they could no longer fire disabled employees willy-nilly just because they could not keep up with their non-disabled co-workers. Reasonable accommodations had to be provided to help level the playing field. For example, if an employee in a sedentary job sitting at a computer needed to take a few extra breaks to exercise their cramping legs due to a circulatory disability, they had a right to request such an accommodation.

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