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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Indifference is as Disturbing as the Crime (Part 2 of 2)

The failure by senior government officials to condemn Hastert is matched by the health care media and professional health associations’ failure to report the health consequences resulting from childhood sexual abuse.

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Yes it is indeed as disturbing as the crime. We Survivors need more support to speak out and to make public our journeys to try to... Read More
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Diane
I agree with you wholeheartedly! That is why I have been speaking out on this blog, in public speeches, and anywhere else I can to... Read More
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Indifference is as Disturbing as the Crime (Part 1 of 2)

This past April 8th federal prosecutors made known former Republican House Speaker, Denis Hastert, sexually molested at least four boys while employed as an Illinois high school wrestling coach beginning in the 1960s. Prosecutors said there was “no ambiguity” about these abuses. They were, they said, “known acts.”[1] While the news was disturbing, sexual and all other forms of child abuse is commonplace.

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Long-Term Sexual Impact of Child Abuse

There have been many studies documenting the effect child abuse has on many women’s sexual activity later in life. Naturally, these problems impact a woman’s ability to sustain a loving, long-term, intimate relationship.

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When will this be addressed? The time is NOW! Growing up was a mixture of turmoil, grief, cries, darkness with some light in my t... Read More
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 19:32
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I am taking a Creative Writing class, because I want to be able to tell my story. A story that has hindered my life and probably o... Read More
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Diane
I am very sorry to hear about what you have been through. We are cracking the ceiling of denial the more survivors speak out. We d... Read More
Friday, 27 May 2016 10:42
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Understanding Emotional Abuse

The foundations for good mental health are laid down in the emotional development that occurs in infancy and later in childhood. When a child experiences a warm, intimate and continuous relationship with his/her mother or other caregiver, that child will grow and thrive. On the other hand, an unresponsive parent, or one who responds inappropriately to a child’s needs,  will increase the likelihood of the child becoming anxious and insecure in its attachment.

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Healing From Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

To have one’s inner sense of security shattered, particularly at a young age, disrupts people’s perception of a safe world. “A lack of predictability and controllability are the central issues for the development and maintenance of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)[1]. The intrusiveness of the memories of past trauma appears to orient people toward doing their best to numb their feelings, to get away from those awful remembrances. I experienced this as I became more in touch with memoires of my own childhood abuse. I paid attention to and learned that I was shutting down my feelings, overeating to self-medicate or numb out, and dissociating to escape my traumatic feelings.


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