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 Seeking Justice

The quest for justice by adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse moved forward incrementally in 2015. While there were some disappointments, to be sure, there were significant victories, both in the legislatures and the courts, to provide grounds for hope going forward. And, perhaps as important, the urgent need to hold child predators legally accountable is being reported more frequently in the media, which is turn, increases public awareness of the issue. Moreover, advocacy groups have a renewed commitment to join together in the fight to advance survivors’ legal rights.

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Turning a Blind Eye to Injustice

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

We recently received the shocking reports that the American military had instructed its soldiers in Afghanistan to ignore incidents of sexual assaults on children committed by local militias that the Pentagon is funding and training. As reported, U.S. service members received orders from their superiors to disregard child sexual abuse by their Afghan “allies” because the commission of sexual crimes against children is part of the Afghan “culture.” And taking this position to its shameful depths, the military disciplined, and even in some cases ended the careers of, service members who ignored such orders and actively intervened on behalf of the abused children.

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Repressed Memory Process Validated

For those people who preach there is no such thing as repressed memories, Stanford University has shown how the human brain actually blocks an unwanted memory, there is such a mechanism, and it has a biological basis.[1] This discovery reinforces Sigmund Freud’s thesis about voluntary memory suppression.

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More Statistics about Child Abuse

I continue to provide statistics about child abuse because the general public and the media maintain their “Brick Wall of Denial” about America’s largest humanitarian crisis. These statistics will reinforce to survivors the extent of the problem—that, indeed, child abuse continues to be rampant throughout the United States.

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Sex Education in Schools

Back in 1959 when I was in the 6th grade, I sat through a health class where they talked about girls’ menstrual cycles. What they didn’t know was that I had been sexually molested by my father during the previous eight years. I am sure that same scenario is still playing out today in schools all over America.

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