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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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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Coping

  Trauma symptoms are all relative to our experiences in life. What may seem disastrous and harmful to me may just seem like an every day occurrence to another. There is no comparing horrors; “the worst of the worst” is subjective in our own happenings. No matter your past, no matter what others deem as…

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Why Abuse Prevention Education Is Important

  Preventing sexual abuse can feel like an overwhelming and never-ending battle. Talk about personal body safety as early and as often as possible. Use anatomically correct words as parents. Keep an open dialogue about relationships, feelings, and seemingly everyday and mundane life experiences. Listen, listen, listen. Maintain vigilance over who spends time with our…

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Gratitude to the Team

  Sexual abuse disclosures do not match the instances of abuse. Many children wait years, sometimes until adulthood, before finding the strength to speak the unspeakable. Maybe they were threatened. Maybe they never understood what happened to them WAS abuse and that it was NEVER their fault. Maybe…just maybe…they were unsure of how their loved…

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Circle of Trust Violations

  What is a “Circle of Trust”? Simply put, it is the people children rely on for a healthy and happy upbringing. From the day that they are born, children depend on others. In a perfect world, family and community work together. They provide basic necessities and nurturing. Children have no choice other than depending…

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Violence within Cultures (American, Spanish, Indian)

  This week we wanted to take a look inside abuse within different cultures. Though all abuse is based in power and control, there can be individual beliefs, reactions, and legal ramifications that are unique in some cultures. Let’s start with American culture. In the last few years, sexual violence has taken the “main-stage” in…

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