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What is Erin’s Law?

    On January 24th, 2013 Governor Quinn of Illinois signed Senate Bill 856 into law. More commonly known as Erin’s Law, this legislation mandates all public schools to provide comprehensive prevention education on sexual abuse. Statistically speaking, 1/4 girls and 1/6 boys will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday. If this law had not…

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They’ve Told You…Now What? Part 2

    It happened: Someone you love and care about has disclosed sexual abuse. You have supported them though some healing already: Remembering the abuse, finally allowing themselves to believe it happened, and the confusing nature of grieving loved ones lost in the battle of finding their voice. Now, you are faced with a newer…

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They’ve Told You…Now What?

    An initial disclosure of sexual abuse is the first step in a survivor’s decision to heal. They have determined that you are a safe person to go to. They are taking a leap of faith telling you what has happened to them, and most likely hoping you will respond with compassion and love.…

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Do’s and Do Not’s of Disclosing

    Now more than ever, the topic of child sexual abuse is discussed. Parents and those who work with children are inundated with information that could help a child: Signs of abuse, grooming tactics, statistics, coping mechanisms, how to be supportive on a healing journey, and how to cope as a parent if your…

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Standing Tall and Speaking Loud

    Speaking up for what we believe in has never been an easy feat. Standing by our values, beliefs, and mores can be risky; History has shown us time and time again speaking publicly against injustices can put us in danger. Fear and all, so many of us jump into the void of the…

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How to Talk to Your Child about Sexual Abuse

  As adults we have a great responsibility to keep our children safe. We talk stranger danger and how to run away. We reinforce fire safety drills and the ever-memorable “STOP-DROP-ROLL” if you were to catch on fire. We duck in hallways for tornado drills and stay silent during lock-downs. We learn all of this…

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Invisible Battles

  Whether we like to admit it or not, we all have invisible battles that others may have no idea are happening. As adults we deal with everyday responsibilities like bills, work, and our households. We ebb and flow with relationships, from our love interests to family and friends, and sort through the healthy and…

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Using the Past to Fuel a New Present

  Much of our present life can feel overtaken over by our past. When we think about it, why wouldn’t it? Past pain and traumas can rear their ugly heads at any moment, with seemingly no warning. A trigger during the holiday season, second guessing someone else’s goodwill as possible grooming, or even maintaining hyper-vigilance…

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Why Triggers Are The Greatest Gift

  Triggers have gained quite the negative reputation the last few years. Simply put, a trigger is when an event, memory, or interaction elicits an emotion. These are an emotional response to stimuli. You may be surprised to know that not all triggers are painful. But whether they feel positive or negative, scary or not,…

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The Power of Language

  Language matters. What we say, how we say it, and when we bring up these “tough topics” all have an impact on a child’s development. In our work at Childhood Victories, we’re often recommended to schools and community groups for our approach in teaching about interpersonal violence. From sexual abuse to domestic and dating…

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