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 Perpetrator Behavior

Child abuse perpetrators, sad to say, are most of the time our fathers, mothers, uncles, grandfathers, stepfathers, brothers, cousins, or mother’s boyfriends. Because these perpetrators did not get their own developmental needs met when growing up, they turned to their own children, especially when there was marital strife, to get their emotional and distorted power needs met. Add to this picture drug abuse (which includes alcohol) and you can understand the high level of dysfunctional families in America.

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The Church and Child Abuse

During my 23 years of therapy, I went from one church to another looking for sustenance and support for the child abuse trauma I was working through. My search included many faiths and practices, everything from the Catholic Church to the Quakers. It was very disheartening.

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Do You Care Enough to Help Survivors?

Do you care what happens to adult survivors of child abuse and neglect? Do you want to make a difference in your life and others? Or has it gotten to the point where you are pretty satisfied with how things are going in your life and don’t feel the need to do more?

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Denial of Child Abuse

America has a long history of abusing people and ignoring it. The origins of America began with people flocking to the New World to escape the pain of the Old World. Certain people, however, were designated as property and brutality was ignored and condoned. Even after the American Revolution, only white men were granted the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The backbone of this declaration was the guaranteed legal right to control their property. Unfortunately, the founders saw nothing wrong with designating certain classes of people as “property”: black men, women, and children.

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Child Maltreatment and Unemployment

A study was conducted by David Zielinski, Ph.D. at NIMH which showed that the long-term impacts of childhood maltreatment include higher rates of unemployment, poverty, and use of social services in adulthood.1 He evaluated data on childhood maltreatment and socioeconomic wellbeing from the NIMH-funded National Comorbidity Survey (NCS) which was the first study to estimate the prevalence of mental disorders (using modern psychiatric standards) in a representative sample of the general U.S. population.

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