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To Be (Forgiven), or Not To Be (Forgiven)?

  That is the question, no? The age old debate for survivors: Do I truly need to forgive to heal? Am I unable to “move on” without forgiving? If I do forgive, is that weakness? The answer to all of those questions is, no. Forgiveness is not mandatory for healing. You can still live your…

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Why Awareness is so Powerful

  Understanding the Barriers Children Face In today’s world of prevention, it’s hard to find a curriculum that meets the needs of every student. Between cultural, language, age, communication, and developmental barriers, it can seem impossible to educate every student who receives Erin’s Law. Though it may seem overwhelming, we are absolutely capable of helping…

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How Do Children Get Abused?

  6 Stages of “Grooming” At Childhood Victories, we believe in telling it like it is which includes using accurate terms like, “sexual abuse” and “grooming”. If this is tough for you, as it is with many adults and children, Victor also came up with the term, “Tricked into Trust©”. This simple way to describe…

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Three Signs of Sexual Abuse

Is that possible? Can we do enough to guarantee our child is never abused? Honestly? That’s a loaded question I just asked myself. It’s hard to answer, because so many factors go into the prevention or victimization of sexual abuse. Knowing abuse is out there is a great start. The next step may not be…

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How To Talk To Your Young Child About Sexual Abuse

FULL TRANSCRIPT (The following is the full transcript of this episode of The Be Seen and Heard Journey. Please note that this episode, like all BSH Journey episodes, features Victor speaking extemporaneously–he is unscripted and unedited.) This is Victor Pacini. I want to welcome you to another episode of the Be Seen and Heard Journey.…

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The Most Vulnerable Among Us

Every child has certain risk and protective factors they live alongside. Both play a role in the epidemic that is child sexual abuse. Protective factors lessen the chances of victimization and create an environment of openness. With sexual abuse thriving in darkness, it only makes sense to educate and talk about it. An educated child…

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Why Do We Need Erin’s Law When Parents Can Teach At home?

We’ve had this inquiry hundreds of times. The obvious answer to this question is: YES! Speaking openly about personal body safety is a protective factor in keeping our children safe from sexual abuse. Denying that parental involvement is a child’s best armor from danger would be misinformation. The reality? Many parents do not discuss sexual…

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Why Do Children Tell?

When discussing child protection, we often talk about why children keep unsafe secrets. Anyone who has worked with victims of sexual abuse knows that children and adult survivors share similar emotions like fear, nervousness, shame, and embarrassment. They carry around a learned-guilt and the belief that what happened was their fault. Maybe they didn’t know…

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Fulfilling Erin’s Law Appropriately

Erin’s Law presentation teaches students, teachers about sexual abuse By Maria Maxham In September and October, Forest Park School District 91 will hold its fifth annual Erin’s Law presentation for all students from kindergarten through eighth grade in the district. In 2011, Illinois passed Erin’s Law, which mandates that all public schools educate children about…

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What To Do If A Child Discloses Abuse

Child abuse happens every day somewhere. It is often a family member or a known “friend” of the family that is the perpetrator. Children like all of us, need an outlet to let go of steam. Please try to be available to listen. They don’t always have that luxury at home. If a child discloses…

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