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.

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Billions Paid to States Because of Child Abuse

The safety of children is addressed in the states primarily by removing children from the home and placing them in foster care or adoptive families. Until the U.S. Congress looks at the root causes of this problem, we will continue to pay billions of dollars to support these Band-Aid approaches. I am not against foster care or adoption, although there are a lot of problems even with those measures. I am more interested in stopping child abuse and neglect in the first place.


Survivors Using Self-Injury To Cope

The first time I met someone who used self-injury to cope with her distress was during one of my hospitalizations. I felt very sad for her because I understood the depth of the pain she must have been dealing with and how desperate she must have felt. I did some research to try and understand this coping mechanism and found that the root causes were very similar to the reasons why many of us develop other self-defeating behaviors as a result of being abused such as binge eating, prostitution, and drug abuse.


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.


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.


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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