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.

Stopping Child Abuse - Part 1

Everyone knows about child abuse in America, but where is the public outrage? With all of the hot lines, mandatory reporting laws, case workers, family court systems, etc., the rampage still continues and has never slowed down. As I’ve said before, the three most unsafe places for a child are their home, school, and in church. And too many people fear the government’s intervention into what they call “family problems.”

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Addressing Child Abuse With Home Visitation

There has long been a need to work with families to deter child abuse. One avenue the government is endorsing is with home visitations. There is a shared belief that appropriate, early intervention is critical in preventing health, social, and economic problems before they become a family or societal crisis.[1]

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When Will Men Stop Abusing Children?

One of the most pervasive forms of abuse at home is husbands and intimate partners beating up their wives and female partners. The vast majority of partner abuse is perpetrated by men. What makes it even worse is that these male bashers include in their repertoire controlling behaviors such as[1] :

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Sexual Abuse and Adolescent Mothers

It has been substantiated over and over again in research that child abuse interrupts the normal health development of children. It is no surprise then that young girls searching for the love and affection they are not getting at home are reaching out in inappropriate ways. Since their world is so chaotic, their coping skills are minimal, and they feel powerless, too many young girls are becoming pregnant, thus adding another difficult dimension to their lives.

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Preventing Child Abuse

Believe it or not, child abuse has not always been considered a crime. It was thought of as a “family issue.” During the last 50 years, pressure has been put on Congress to do something about the large numbers of children being maltreated and to provide funding for family support, however, it has become primarily a legal issue instead of focusing on the total problem. This means that a lot of money has been allocated in tracking, reporting, and investigating possible cases of child abuse and neglect, but the provision of family support systems has been neglected.

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