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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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Talking About Sexual Abuse

I was featured in a blog called, Baby Sideburns (www.babysideburns.com) Karen Alpert has a very unique way of writing. Thank you, Karen for this opportunity. A very serious post about something serious that you need to take seriously Holy crap. Wait, that’s not enough. HOLY. CRAP. For years we’ve been getting the same email home…

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Walk, Eat, and Live

 

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Special Needs and Body Safety

  WHAT THE DATA SAYS: The vulnerability of children with special needs makes them the ideal predator target. They are perfect prey because they may not understand what is happening, know to speak up or have the communication skills to do so. Children with intellectual disability are also at risk of being sexually abused. A…

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Clear or Cloudy?

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The Original Fort Nite

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