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.

Focus Needs to be on Childhood Trauma

Even though the need to mobilize resources to confront and deal with the issue of child abuse is no secret to those in government and psychiatric communities, why isn’t this discussed on a national level? If traumatized children are identified early enough, it can greatly reduce the total cost to society in dealing with subsequent problems and costs.

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Aftereffects for Men Abused as Children

Men, just like women, normally don’t disclose that they were abused as children. Men, however, have an additional burden placed on them because of the stereotypes placed on them by society that they must be “manly” and hide their feelings. All this does is to reinforce the old messages that they are to deny their reality of what happened to them.

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What is Sexually Abusive to Children

When a child is violated by a trusted adult or any other person who is older, more powerful, or is in a position of authority over him/her, it creates overwhelming feelings of fear, confusion and overstimulation for the child. The message sent to the child is that his/her body is not his/her own; and his/her sense of comfort, privacy, safety, and trust are severely damaged by such actions. Typically, the child believes that it is his/her own fault, he/she is dirty, he/she has somehow caused the other’s actions towards him/her or he/she deserved the abuse. Feelings of intense shame, guilt, and fear and then embedded into the child’s concept of who he/she is.

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Love and Justice

Commenting recently on this country’s responsibility to address the plight of young minority men struggling in poor, neglected communities, President Obama stated, “Really, that’s what this comes down to – do we love the kids?” 

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Child Abuse Survivors' Voices - Part 11

This is the final post of my sharing some of the comments that survivors have posted over the years. I encourage everyone to share their thoughts and/or experiences on any of my posts (past or future). I understand that stigma and shame are some of the reasons we find it difficult to speak out, it took me a long time to feel safe sharing my story. I hope we are all able to "find our voice" and be heard. 

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