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.

Child Abuse Survivors Excluded from ADA

In 1990, Congress enacted groundbreaking legislation protecting the rights of disabled workers. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) put employers on notice that they could no longer fire disabled employees willy-nilly just because they could not keep up with their non-disabled co-workers. Reasonable accommodations had to be provided to help level the playing field. For example, if an employee in a sedentary job sitting at a computer needed to take a few extra breaks to exercise their cramping legs due to a circulatory disability, they had a right to request such an accommodation.

Child Maltreatment and Unemployment

A study was conducted by David Zielinski, Ph.D. at NIMH which showed that the long-term impacts of childhood maltreatment include higher rates of unemployment, poverty, and use of social services in adulthood.1 He evaluated data on childhood maltreatment and socioeconomic wellbeing from the NIMH-funded National Comorbidity Survey (NCS) which was the first study to estimate the prevalence of mental disorders (using modern psychiatric standards) in a representative sample of the general U.S. population.

Corporations Shun Adult Survivors of Child Abuse

I have written before how the Americans With Disabilities Act needs to be strengthened to protect those of us with mental illnesses. I want to bring your attention to a tactic that many corporations use to distant themselves even further from working with survivors.

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Workplace Intolerance of Child Abuse Survivors

“You are no different than someone who has had a heart attack. I have no empathy and very little sympathy. This is a business.” Those were my manager’s comments when I told her I was suffering from PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) and needed her assistance.

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