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.

Media Violence And Abuse

Does media violence condition teenagers to “enjoy” the thrill of the chase, the annihilation of the “bad” guy, or is it becoming a conditioned method of desensitizing and glamorizing violence as an acceptable way to solve problems? Do violent media games reinforce to boys who are being sexually abused and physically beaten that violence is an appropriate method of expressing anger?

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Abuse At Home And School Performance

Over the past several years, there has been a lot of talk about improving school performance. An education is critical to assist a vibrant, informed person not only in getting a job in a field that interests them but also to enable them to make smart/critical decisions about themselves and the world in which they live. Every cause under the sun is talked about concerning poor school performance. What is consistently missing, however, in the discussion is perhaps the primary reason children are not reaching their full potential in the classroom –child abuse in the home.

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Research Theories About Child Abuse

Over the years there has been a substantial amount of research done trying to understand the origins and causes of child abuse. Precise links have been established between a child’s victimization and behavioral problems later on in life such as problems in school, delinquency, violence, and adult criminality. At present there are six theories that have been developed to understand the root causes of abuse which are listed below.1

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Licensing Parents

There is an old Native American story about two women sitting on a river bank watching dead babies floating downstream. They decided instead of just pointing out to others what they had seen, they would go upstream to stop whoever was killing the babies. This story is a perfect description of what needs to be done to protect America’s children from incompetent and dangerous parents.

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Family Dynamics In Incestuous Homes

When children are not taught healthy self-management skills, proper boundary management, how to get their needs met in a healthy way, how to think independently and make valid interpretations about what is happening to them, or how to express their emotions in a healthy way, they many times develop dysfunctional coping skills which they carry forward into their adult lives.

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