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.

Survivors Helping Each Other

For the past five and a half years, I have been working very hard to do the recruitment, research and planning to establish safe havens for adult survivors of child abuse and neglect. I have made presentations to legislators, law enforcement, child advocacy centers, and colleges/universities in an attempt to raise awareness about the magnitude of the problem. Sometimes it feels like it will take forever, however, we are making great progress.

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Powerful Issues Of A Child Abuse Survivor

As is common in incestuous families, there are multiple issues at play simultaneously. As the oldest child in my family, I was made to feel it was my responsibility to maintain some sense of peace and stability in our home at all times. This was a major role reversal because the adults, my mother and father, were too immersed in their own personal issues to deal with the day-to-day functioning of the household. I was to carry out the adult roles of taking care of my younger siblings and housework and to support everyone in their needs while at the same time receive very strong messages that I was not connected to anyone.

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America’s Children’s Gitmo

Often you read newspaper articles and see TV commentaries about the treatment of the detainees at Guantanamo Bay. The silencing of their claims of abuse are big news stories. And yet, the same treatment of millions of children in the United States who grow up to be adult survivors of abuse is not “newsworthy” as many editors have told me – including the Washington Post and the New York Times. They give non-stop coverage as long as it is titillating and sensational but refuse to talk about the enormous issues affecting the daily lives of adult survivors of child abuse and neglect.

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Taking Charge Of An Abusive Past

Being abused and neglected as a child sets in motion behavioral issues that we as adult survivors must cope with for the rest of our lives. Since parents in America are not required to have any training in child development, are not held accountable for their misguided and all too often narcissistic drives to produce "perfect" children, and are not subject to any oversight in how they treat their innocent charges, the American home, in far too many cases, is not a safe place to live.

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EDCI's First Annual "Opening Doors" Fundraiser

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We are very happy to announce that our First Annual "Opening Doors" Fundraiser took place on April 12, 2013, and it was a success! It was held at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, Maryland. John McCarthy, Montgomery County's State's Attorney, was our guest speaker.

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