According to recent data from the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, one in 34 children is confirmed as abused or neglected in Massachusetts each year. That’s one case confirmed every 15 minutes. To get a better picture of the issue, I sat down with Suzin Bartley, executive director of The Children’s Trust, an organization with a mission to stop child abuse in Massachusetts. Bartley also serves as a co-chair of the Massachusetts Legislative Task Force on the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse. In our interview, we discuss some of the systemic contributors to child abuse, the costs that abuse incurs for the individual and the community, and the most effective ways to end the epidemic. READ MORE HERE
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Online Kid Safety: A Parent’s Guide To Protecting Children’s Privacy
Do you wonder what dangers our children face online? Do you read news reports about online predators and scammers and want to teach your kids to protect themselves? Looking to gain control over what your child can and can’t view online?
I’m sure you will agree with us when we say protecting children’s privacy online can often be overwhelming.
The internet is constantly changing and new dangers pop up every month. Criminals change tactics frequently and last year’s defenses sometimes just don’t work anymore.
In this guide, we outline some of the issues facing modern parents today and provide step-by-step instructions on how to protect your loved ones. SOURCE
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Whether it is psychological, emotional or sexual, being a victim of abuse can leave emotional and mental wounds that are much more difficult to heal than cuts and bruises. Survivors of childhood abuse may often find it immensely difficult to cope with the damage to their own mental health and the intense, negative thoughts and feelings that plague them for a long time after the actual abuse has ended. Going through abuse in childhood can lead to mental health issues in adulthood, which can hinder an individual’s ability to find peace and happiness in their life.
Mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, suicidal thoughts, trust issues, and distressing memories are all common problems dealt with by individuals who have survived childhood abuse and trauma. Therapy can help abuse survivors find an outlet for these negative feelings and learn new, healthier ways to combat them and improve their life and wellbeing. Creative therapies have become more and more common in recent years; here are just some of the reasons why they can be so effective.
Reason #1. An Outlet for Negative Feelings:
Often, abuse survivors find it very difficult to put their feelings, experiences and thoughts into words. Many have been conditioned not to speak about the abuse and will find it difficult to finally open up and bare all about what has happened to them. This is especially true for younger children or those who have only just begun to seek help. Creative therapies such as art therapy provide an outlet for these thoughts and feelings without requiring the patient to communicate verbally; for example, they can draw pictures to represent their feelings and emotions.
Reason #2. Provides a Distraction:
Another reason why creative therapies have become so popular amongst survivors of abuse is that they provide a welcome distraction from negative feelings and thoughts. Whether taking part in a group or as an individual, many creative therapies allow the patient to totally immerse themselves in what they are doing and focus on letting their creative juices flow, which in turn can help them to think more positively towards themselves and aid with recovery from associated mental health problems such as depression. Simple tasks such as working to create a card or paint a picture can give the patient something positive to focus on and work towards.
Reason #3. Deal with Repressed Memories:
It is not uncommon for survivors of childhood abuse to have a range of repressed memories that can become very difficult to deal with. The unique thing about creative therapies, such as art therapy, is that it gives the patient better access to their subconscious. Creativity is largely controlled by the right hemisphere of the brain, which is also where memories are stored. Because of this, art can help survivors come to terms with their experiences and face repressed memories to deal with them with the help of a trained medical professional such as a counsellor.
Even after the abuse has ended, the ramifications for mental health can be devastating for the survivor. Creative therapies provide an outlet for the negative feelings and increase the chance of dealing with repressed memories and thoughts that are getting in the way of a full recovery.
WRITTEN BY: JAYNEEN SANDERS
As a parent and an educator I find the statistics below both confronting and horrifying. However, they do highlight the reasons WHY we need to teach the children in our care Body Safety from the earliest of years. Such age-appropriate knowledge is empowering for children, and might well be the difference between a child becoming one of these statistics or not.
As an advocate for Body Safety Education in both homes and schools, I have heard many sad and crippling stories from adult survivors; but it’s this one shared comment that stays with me, “If only I had known from the first inappropriate touch it was wrong, my life could have been so different.”
I am not a survivor of childhood sexual abuse but I am a mother and teacher who believes we can do better by our kids. We need to put our adult fear of this topic aside, and take on the responsibility of educating our children so they know to tell, and keep on telling until they are believed. We also have a responsibility to educate ourselves so we know the signs of sexual abuse and grooming. Believing a child when they disclose sexual abuse is of the utmost importance, as is our reaction to the disclosure.
These statistics are a call to action for parents, carers and teachers everywhere — let’s educate ourselves and our kids in Body Safety, and like any good “ripple effect,” let’s educate others to do the same! I am asking you to play your part. Ironically, you may never know but your advocacy could positively change a child’s life forever. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
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Since 1985, April has been nationally recognized as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Each year, there are nearly 3 million reports of child abuse and neglect. And we know that child abuse cases are vastly under-reported, as adults often fail to recognize or respond to warning signs of child abuse, and abused children suffer in fear and silence. National Child Abuse Prevention Month offers a powerful opportunity to highlight child abuse facts, explain the importance of reporting child abuse, encourage community involvement, and support abused children.
DID YOU KNOW?
*1 in every 3 girls will be sexually molested before the age of 18
*1 in every 5 boys will be sexually molested before the age of 18
*Every 10 SECONDS a child is raped or killed in the U.S.
*Today up to 5 children will die from abuse or neglect
*In 13 seconds, another child will be abused in the U.S
*There were 2.9 million child abuse reports made in 1992
*ONLY 28% of the children identified as harmed by abuse are investigated
*Boys are at a greater risk of serious injury and of emotional neglect than are girls
*85% of the 1.2 – 1.5 million runaways are fleeing abuse at home
*80% of perpetrators are biological parents
*60 % of male survivors report at least one of their perpetrators to be female
*Children in mother-only households are 4 times more likely to be fatally abused
*Female abusers are typically younger than male abusers.
*The median age was 30 years for women and 33 years for men
*Today 6 children will commit suicide
*Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death (ages 15-24)
*Untreated child abuse increases the likelihood of arrest for a violent crime by 38 percent
*60 MILLION survivors are former victims of child sexual abuse in America today
*71 % of child sex offenders are under the age of 35
*38% of women & 20% of men have been sexually abused during adolescence
*It is estimated that 3%-6% of the clergy population has abused a child
*Natural mothers are the perpetrators of 93% of physical neglect, 86% educational neglect, 78% emotional neglect, 60% physical abuse, 55% emotional abuse.
*The typical pedophile molests an average of 117 children–most of whom do not report the offense
~Imagine the outcry if these statistics represented a disease, which was wiping out 5 children per day, victimizing millions, and who’s by-products where disabilities & expanding violence. Youth rights are really about human rights, and simple empathy is a giant first step to the benefits of increased awareness. The high jump in child abuse statistics shows the importance of youth rights by showing cases of frightening lack of knowledge!!~
IT’S TIME TO GET ANGRY ABOUT CHILD ABUSE IN OUR NATION!!
Take action to support healthy child development and help prevent child abuse and neglect in both big ways and small. Whether you donate to Prevent Child Abuse America, participate in one of our fundraising events, or join us by contacting your local office, your contribution makes a difference.
What can you do right now? Anything you do to support kids and parents can help reduce the isolation and stress that often leads to abuse and neglect.
Join our 1st Ever ONLINE CYBER-MARCH AGAINST CHILD ABUSE
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Create a PINWHEEL Garden in your community!!
Be a friend to a parent you know. Ask how their children are doing. Draw on your own experiences to provide reassurance and support. If a parent seems to be struggling, offer to baby-sit or run errands, or just lend a friendly ear. Show you understand.
Be a friend to a child you know. Remember their names. Smile when you talk with them. Ask them about their day at school. Send them a card in the mail. Show you care.
Talk to your neighbors about looking out for one another’s children. Encourage a supportive spirit among parents in your apartment building or on your block. Show that you are involved.
Give your used clothing, furniture and toys for use by another family. This can help relieve the stress of financial burdens that parents sometimes take out on their kids.
Volunteer your time and money for programs in your community that support children and families, such as parent support groups, child care centers, and our state chapters and local Healthy Families America sites.
Advocate for public policies, innovative programs and issues that benefit children and families.
Ask your school/community/club/co-workers to participate in a WEAR BLUE DAY!
Child Maltreatment is Preventable
CDC works to stop child maltreatment, including abuse and neglect, before it initially occurs. In doing this, CDC promotes the development of safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments between children and their parents or caregivers. Children’s experiences are defined through their environments (such as homes, schools, and neighborhoods) and relationships with parents, teachers, and other caregivers. Healthy relationships act as a buffer against adverse childhood experiences. They are necessary to ensure the long-term physical and emotional well-being of children.
Join CDC’s Initiative to Prevent Child Maltreatment
Safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments are essential to prevent child maltreatment and to assure children reach their full potential. The Essentials for Childhood initiative has a technical package that proposes evidence-based strategies communities can consider to promote relationships and environments that help children grow up to be healthy and productive citizens.
The Essentials for Childhood technical package is intended for communities committed to the positive development of children and families, and specifically to prevent child abuse and neglect. While child maltreatment is a significant public health problem, it is also a preventable one. The steps suggested in the Essentials for Childhood technical package—along with your commitment to preventing child maltreatment—can help create neighborhoods, communities, and a world in which every child can thrive.
- Understanding Child Maltreatment Fact Sheet
- Child Maltreatment Facts at a Glance
- Technical Package for Essentials for Childhood
- Fact Sheet Summarizing the Essentials for Childhood Technical Package
- Better Start: Child Maltreatment Prevention as a Public Health Priority
- CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention
- Adverse Childhood Experiences Study
- Economic Costs of Child Maltreatment
- CDC’s Role in Child Maltreatment Prevention
The Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime outlines strategies for how to respond if a child tells you that he or she has been abused.
Click Here for information about child maltreatment and ways to prevent it in your home, school and neighborhood. The packet is compiled by our Families Are Magic Coordinator with the latest and most effective information and activities to empower community members to fight child abuse and neglect.
National Child Abuse Prevention Month: Resources
Purchase a STOP CHILD ABUSE Blue Silicone Bracelet – Show your support by wearing this stylish bracelet.
Purchase Pinwheels for Prevention – The pinwheel is the nationally recognized symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention. It also symbolizes the belief that every child has the right to grow and flourish to his/her full potential within a nurturing environment.
Child Welfare Information Gateway
- Child Abuse and Neglect
- Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect
- Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect
- Promoting Child & Family Well-Being
- Public Awareness & Creating Supportive Communities
- Prevention Programs
- Developing & Sustaining Prevention Programs
- Evidence-Based Practice
- Evaluating Prevention Programs
What can you do to help?
- Use your voice! Call immediately to report known or suspected child abuse and neglect.
- Get educated. Learn to identify the subtle signs of child abuse and neglect.
- Get involved. Contact your local CAS to participate and show your support.
- Learn more. Visit our website to learn more on child abuse.
- Be a better parent. Work on being more understanding, patient and kind.
- Know your duty. It’s our moral, legal and ethical duty to report child abuse.
- Discipline without punishment. Learn how to discipline your child without using physical force from the article, Yes, You Can! – Positive discipline ideas for you and your child.
Ways to Keep Your Child Safe with Crucial Road Safety Tips
Over and over, the little girl bounces the ball off a pavement. The toy then bounces off the surface awkwardly and begins to head to other side of the road. All the sudden the sound of tires screeching is heard throughout the neighborhood. The car comes to an abrupt stop and the driver watches the ball continuously bounce across the road. Fortunately, the little girl was only determined to cross the street where a pedestrian crossing was located because that is what her mum taught her.
With the number of vehicles increasing on our roads, it is important that a child is taught and understands road safety. By being taught child road safety signs when you are young, you will remain safe whether you are playing with toys as a child, or when preparing to get your driving license using practice theory tests on Top Tests.
In fact, there are particular road safety guidelines that will help you remain safe when you are in various situations. These guidelines can be taught to your children also.
Stop. Look. Think. Listen
The first thing that your child should be taught is to stop before crossing the street. Your child should look to the left and then the right for any traffic before they cross the street.
It is also important for the child to think about whether the road is clear enough for them to cross the street. Finally, as your child crosses the street, they should be constantly listening and looking for any cars or vans on the street.
Stay in Safe Areas
Teach your child where the safe areas are located. These are the areas where they can safely play. Some areas you may designate as safe are a fenced-in garden or driveway where they are away from moving vehicles.
Set a Good Example
Kids often imitate what adults do rather than listen to what they say. This means it is crucial that you set a good example for your child. Your child needs to see you practice road safety every day. This means that you need to use a seat belt when driving or riding in a vehicle. Car seats should also be correctly installed for your child to use during road trips.
Use Safety Gear Whilst Playing
Make sure your child wears safety gear whenever they are playing. Protective gear should be worn when playing with toys that have wheels such as bikes, skateboards, roller skates and scooters. Although helmets are an important protective gear because they help to reduce the risk of head injuries, knee pads and elbow pads are also important.
Hold Your Child’s Hand
You should always do this when the two of you are walking in public, around parked vehicles or near a road. Your child is still learning how the world works around them, and they do not have the mental capacity to make important decisions regarding road safety. They should always be under supervision when they are near traffic.
Whether your child is outside playing or walking across a car lot, it is critical they know and practice safety. Implementing these guidelines will make playtime safer and more enjoyable.
Going to College after a Bad School Experience
If you were bullied at school, then it’s understandable that the thought of attending college may worry you. However, when it comes to advanced education, college students are often more mature and many individuals who had a bad experience at school go on to have the time of their lives at college, meeting people who become their best friends. Anxiety about going to college can be difficult, as not attending could make it more difficult for many people to pursue their chosen career. If you experienced bullying as a child and it’s affecting you as you transition to college life, here are some ways that you might choose to deal with it.
Seek Professional Help
First and foremost, it’s important to note that if you’re suffering from anxiety that is affecting your ability to do everyday tasks and even make rational decisions, you should seek the help of a medical professional straight away. Although it’s normal for us as humans to feel stressed and/or nervous about things at times, it’s unnatural to have crippling anxiety levels that hinder and affect other areas of our life. It’s very hard to beat anxiety without the help of a professional. Your doctor should be your first call as they can refer you to a therapist or prescribe medication if needed.
Some people who suffered bullying and abuse in school often grow up with social anxiety. This makes the whole college experience extremely difficult, and it’s not uncommon for students with social anxiety to drop out under the pressure. If you’re currently suffering from social anxiety and find it difficult to connect with or even speak to other people, the first thing you need to do is seek help from a doctor or counsellor who can help you overcome this issue. In the meantime, options to earn your MBA online with online MBA learning resources can help to take some of the pressure off. Many colleges offer online versions of most if not all of their programs.
Have a Support Plan
Colleges today must understand that some students will need help and support throughout their time at university. Whilst studying for your degree, it’s important that your mental health is a main concern, as being mentally unwell will make it far more difficult for you to succeed academically. Colleges offer support in the form of counsellors and on-campus clinics for students to attend. Many colleges have qualified therapists on site to offer CBT and other talking therapies to students suffering from anxiety and other problems. Not only will signing up for services such as this help you to overcome your current anxiety, it can also help you to figure out things from the past and let go of painful memories, feelings, and emotions that you’re holding on to, which is going to make you feel better straight away. Your college may also be able to offer extensions on deadlines or private exam rooms if necessary.
Being the victim of bullies at school doesn’t mean that you need to have the same experience at college.
Overcoming a Troubled Childhood Background with the Power of Education
Not all children grow up thinking of anything but escaping their tumultuous family lives. These children have no dreams of being supported while attending college, nor do they generally get help from their guardians in preparation of applying for various schools. After getting to safety, only then can they begin to chart out the rest of their lives, making solid plans to further their education. Institutions of excellence such as Washington State University have aided adults of various backgrounds to beat the odds and put the memories of childhood abuse and neglect to rest. If you have survived childhood abuse and want to build a future that is healthy, safe and free of further trauma, education needs to come first in your life.
Beating the Odds of Childhood Abuse and Neglect
It is unfortunate, but statistically, those who have been abused and or neglected as children often do not do as well in life as those who come from more stable backgrounds. Besides being financially disadvantaged, children in abusive households are not optimistic about the future because they aren’t allowed to dream. While other kids are given online MBA program details, abused children generally try to stay invisible. One of the best ways to prove that you are capable of success is to develop into an adult who is not limited by his or her regrettable childhood.
Discovering What You Want To Do With Your Life
It is during the time that people attend college that they start to see the world in a more mature way. Instead of just hoping or dreaming that you will be able to make a modest amount of money one day, you can finally accept the fact that it is possible for you to do even more. Whether your goal is to show others that you are intelligent enough to complete an online MBA curriculum, or to have a family of your own with children who are loved and free of abuse, choosing the type of degree you want to earn is an important first move. As an adult, no one can tell you what to do with your life, and if you want to make choices that are ambitious, daring or even challenging, no one will be able to stop you.
Inspiring Other Survivors of Childhood Abuse
There are children still growing up in abusive households, and they may not think that they will ever grow up to be happy. By working on a degree and speaking about your experience with abuse and neglect as a child, others will want to help and learn more about this terrible reality. You do not have to feel fearful of failure, or of your abusive parents or guardians anymore, now that you are fully autonomous and in charge of your present destiny.
The transition from childhood to adulthood can be rife with difficulty for people who grew up not knowing what it feels like to be pushed to do their best, and instead were treated poorly. Therapy can help to heal the wounds that were inflicted during an abusive childhood. On the other hand, taking action and working towards getting a degree can be just as therapeutic and fulfilling.
Some 3.2 million children globally have been bullied within the past year. If you’re a parent of a teased child, it’s easy to feel helpless and at a loss to know how to help. But there are some scientifically proven methods to improve the situation. Psychologists have revealed five steps parents should take to beat the bullies. READ MORE HERE
- Stand up for people who are bullied. Bullies often want an audience and approval. …
- Take an anti-bullying pledge. …
- Take action. …
- Talk to other kids. …
- Talk to your teachers or principal. …
- Talk to your parents or guardians. …
- Speak (and write) up! …
- Get creative.
Study Says $400K Over a Lifetime
Child maltreatment is often measured by lives forever scarred by trauma and families torn apart, but a new study estimates that each case of abuse also carries a hefty price tag. According to researchers with the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center in collaboration and the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, each incidence of child abuse costs the public $400,533 over the course of a victim’s lifetime.
For the city of San Francisco, the total cost of child maltreatment was $301.6 million, a number that factors in the 753 cases of substantiated child abuse in 2015. In the “The Economics of Child Abuse: A Study of San Francisco,” a study released on Thursday by the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, the economic burden of child maltreatment is examined long after the child abuse has occurred. READ MORE HERE
How To Identify Early Signs of Child Abuse
Children experience different types of abuse including physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. Many of them suffer silently for a long time before their parents discover their pain. In most cases of child abuse, the abuser threatens the child against disclosing his or her acts to anyone. Sometimes abuse comes from a close relative or parent, which makes it difficult for the other parent or relatives to learn about it. However, parents and pediatric nurses can look out for some early signs of child abuse. These include:
A child experiencing abuse may seem withdrawn from his or her peers and family. Some withdraw out of fear while others withdraw because of shame, especially in the case of sexual abuse. A child may lose interest in social and outdoor activities, suddenly or gradually.
2. Poor Performance in School
A child’s performance in school is a good indicator of his or her state of mind. If a child’s grades begin to decline without an obvious reason like sickness or absence, it is possible that the child is experiencing neglect or abuse.
3. Fear or Uneasiness while Interacting with a Parent
The ability of nurses to identify child abuse cases largely depends on their pediatric nurse practitioner specialties. Nurses and teachers can identify child abuse cases by observing the interactions between children and their parents. Children undergoing abuse from their parents are often afraid when talking to their parents. The children try to do everything right to avoid upsetting their parents. They are not free to express themselves or play around their parents.
4. Stunted Development
A child undergoing any form of abuse shows signs of abnormal growth and development. The child may not possess the skills and abilities that other children of the same age possess. Sometimes children lose some of the skills they had attained after experiencing abuse. Stunted physical development is also an indicator of abuse and neglect. For instance, a child may gain weight and height at a slower rate than his or her peers.
5. Unexplained Injuries and Bruises
Nurses can learn how to become a pediatric nurse practitioner to improve their effectiveness in helping victims of child abuse. Unexplained physical marks, injuries, and bruises are obvious signs that a child is experiencing physical abuse. A child may try to cover the injuries with inappropriate clothing or give conflicting information on the source of the physical marks.
6. Extreme Behavior
Children undergoing abuse may display extreme behavior. They may become excessively demanding for care and attention or extremely passive. An abused child may become extremely compliant or extremely deviant.
7. Mental Health Issues
All forms of abuse lead to negative emotions and feelings. Abused children often suffer from depression, anxiety, and a low self-esteem. Some experience suicidal thoughts and may attempt suicide on several occasions. An abused child is always alert or watchful as if he or she expects something bad to happen.
Pediatric nurse practitioners and parents can use the signs outlined above to identify cases of child abuse. However, with the exception of physical injuries and bruises, one sign is not sufficient evidence of abuse. Parents and nurses should rule out other possible causes before concluding that a child is experiencing abuse.
Choosing the right school and the right field of study to focus on is more important than ever. Whether you’re trying to acquire a bachelor’s degree or you want to pursue an MBA from the best online MBA schools available today, taking the time to choose a school and major that suits you is a must. A specific specialization will help you perform better as you enter the job market. Employers also value MBA students with specific sets of skills that are aligned with the position they are filling perfectly.
Fortunately, the education landscape is responding beautifully to the increasing demand for specialized professionals. Top universities such as Northeastern University, for example, are making specializations such as international marketing and finance available to their MBA students. Choose the correct specialization and you’ll be shaping a better future for yourself.
To learn more, the How to Choose the Right School for Your Career Path infographic by Northeastern University has all the information you need.
Northeastern University’s Master of Business Administration Online Program
Five key tools to combat trafficking in 2017
With the power of technology and legal clout, many experts agree that 2017 could be the tipping point in the global fight against human trafficking. An estimated 45.8 million people live in some form of slavery across the world, according to the 2016 Global Slavery Index by human rights group Walk Free Foundation. Yet pressure and awareness are now building, big business is starting to lead the way, new laws are being put in place and potentially game-changing technology is available. We asked experts what they see as the five most important tools in the year ahead to tackle the illegal trade in humans that is worth an estimated $150 billion a year – READ MORE HERE
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Abuse and neglect during childhood are linked to poor mid-adulthood socioeconomic outcomes, with greater risk for those who experienced multiple types of maltreatment, researchers reported. According to findings from a population-based study of 8,076 adults in the U.K., 21% experienced one type of maltreatment and 10% experienced two or more types during childhood, wrote Snehal M. Pinto Pereira, PhD, of the University College London Institute of Child Health, and colleagues in Pediatrics. READ MORE HERE
Vindication for victims and closure for victims’ families are often held out as primary reasons for supporting the death penalty. However, many people in this community believe that another killing would not bring closure and that the death penalty is a disservice to victims. READ MORE HERE
One of the most common fears among adults who were abused as a child is the fear of being an abusive parent themselves. They have heard it said time and again that children who were abused often grow up to be abusers themselves, and though it would be misleading to say this never happens, it doesn’t need to be the case and often isn’t true at all. If you were among the tens of thousands of young adults who was abused, physically, emotionally or even sexually as a child, here is some information that might interest you. Before writing off having kids of your own, know this.
Not All Abused Children Grow Up to Be Abusers
Oddly, whenever a story surfaces about a child who has been abused, the first thing people say is that the offending adult must have been abused as a child. Sometimes this is the case but not always. According to cureviolence.org, their research indicates that approximately 1/3 of those who were abused as a child will carry on the tendency based on their personal history. This means that 2/3 of abused children grow up to be a perfectly ‘normal’ parent with no tendencies towards abuse as an adult. However, how can you know which group you fall within until you have children? Is it safe to become a parent now knowing?
The Best Place to Find Your Answers
There are people who specialize in counseling adults who were abused as a child, and although you might simply consult with a psychologist, social worker or even a psychiatrist, there is someone who might even be better suited to finding the answers you seek. Believe it or not, a counselor with a masters criminal justice dual major who is now working as a criminologist would probably be your best bet. The reason for this is because they are not only trained in psychology but are also expert in criminology, or in plain English, the study of the criminal mind. And, yes, child abuse is a crime and it takes a criminal mind to perpetrate horrors such as child abuse.
Why a Major in Criminal Justice?
You may be confused because most of us equate a degree in criminal justice with the legal system. We think of a criminal justice masters program from top ranked schools like Boston University Metropolitan College as preparing students to rise within the ranks of police departments or within the legal profession, but many psych undergrads go on to major in criminal justice to offer a better foundation in criminal psychology. Many counselors see the need to study how the criminal mind works, patterns of behavior, social causes and societal demographics that lead to being an abuser. These are the counselors, often within the legal system, who deal with the abusers themselves as they re-enter society after incarceration, as well as counseling the victims of abuse.
Because they are trained to spot those triggers more keenly than a counselor with a general psych degree, they would be best equipped to help you determine if you are prone to being an abuser and if so, how to get the treatment and therapy necessary so that the pattern stops here and now in your generation.
MRI scans reveal how child molesters may be wired differently
Pedophilia is often thought of as synonymous with child molestation, but this is not always the case. Not everyone diagnosed with pedophilia will commit child sexual offences, and some people who sexually offend against children are not pedophiles. Now a new study has shown there are differences in the brains of those who attack children and pedophiles who have never molested anyone, and the findings could help predict whether or not a pedophile might go on to offend. READ MORE HERE
Scholarships for Survivors of Crime
Since the pursuit of education is one of the most vital parts of healing, empowerment, self-esteem, and independence, many public and private organizations have established scholarships for survivors of crime to help get on the right track to a brighter future. Due to the devastating impact of violent crimes on human development, many victims often suffer from long-term effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiousness, fearfulness, and other disturbing symptoms that make it difficult to function, let alone pursue a degree. Luckily, the following are 25 of the best scholarship opportunities that are available to provide crime survivors with the financial support and resources for recovery in pursuing their dreams. READ MORE HERE
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR CHILD ABUSE SURVIVORS:
Educational Opportunities for Survivors of Domestic Abuse
The best thing that a battered woman can do for herself is to further her education. This way, she can become independent so she can support herself and her children all on her own; but the first thing she must do is to get out of the abusive relationship that she is in. Once she finds the courage and the help that she needs to get out of the situation she is in, she will want to better her chances of finding stable employment through higher education. For this she will need funding. Fortunately for her, there are several organizations that provide scholarships and grants to survivors of domestic violence. With a little research, women will find that there are many groups out there that want to help them get the education they need in order to turn their lives around. READ MORE HERE
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR DV SURVIVORS:
A recent study revealed that the U.S. has seen an alarming rise in suicides. In fact, with the rate now at 13 suicides per 100,000 people, it’s at an all-time high since the mid-1980s. The idea that anyone could feel life is not worth living anymore — let alone thousands of Americans each year — knocks the wind out of me.
September 2016 is also known as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month which helps promote resources and awareness around the issues of suicide prevention, how you can help others and how to talk about suicide without increasing the risk of harm.
Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people and is often the result of mental health conditions that effect people when they are most vulnerable. Suicidal thoughts and suicide occur too frequently but should not be considered common and can indicate more serious issues. In many cases the individuals, friends and families affected by suicide are left in dark, feeling shame or stigma that prevents talking openly about issues dealing with suicide.
- Know the Warning Signs and Risk of Suicide
- Preventing Suicide as a Family Member or Caregiver
- Being Prepared for a Crisis
Crisis and Information Resources
- I’m in crisis or am experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts: National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273 TALK (8255)
- I’m looking for more information, referrals or support: NAMI HelpLine 800-950-NAMI (6264)
If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately. READ MORE HERE
RecognitionWorks also had the opportunity to meet with addiction survivors who shared their stories about overcoming their substance abuse.
Number of unaccompanied minors applying for asylum tripled in past 2-years
Nearly 50 million children throughout the world are ‘uprooted,’ forcibly displaced from their home countries by war, violence or persecution, UNICEF has revealed. In its analysis of global data, UNICEF found there were also one million asylum seekers whose refugee status is pending and approximately 17 million children displaced within their own countries lacking access to humanitarian aid and critical services. Children are also increasingly crossing borders on their own: more than 100,000 unaccompanied minors applied for asylum in 78 countries last year, tripling 2014’s numbers. READ MORE HERE
OUR MISSION: To educate the public on child abuse signs & symptoms, statistics, intervention, reporting, prevention & assist victims & survivors in locating the proper resources necessary to enable & achieve a full recovery.