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Dreamcatchers Welcomes Mike Pistorino

Posted by Sandra On April - 12 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Dreamcatchers for Abused Children is proud to introduce Mike Pistorino to their Nonprofit Advisory Board. Our Advisory Board does not have any formal legal responsibilities. Rather, it is convened by the organization to effectively give advice and support and consists of volunteer child abuse advocates and mentors. A true Advisory Board is exactly that: advisory. It is distinct from the actual governing board of directors, and has no authority other than what is granted to it by the governing board. Its sole purpose is to provide critical feedback of our nonprofit’s activities and offer guidance concerning anything to do with our mission and advocacy work. Mr. Pistorino is a powerhouse in the child abuse field and we are honored to have this partnership with him!!

Mike Pistorino
Survivor, Public Speaker, Activist against Child Sexual Abuse

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Mike Pistorino is a thriving survivor of childhood sexual abuse who is using his voice to empower survivors everywhere and stop sexual violence.  Growing up in the Bronx, Mike was neglected by family as a young boy and taken in by a neighbor, who raped him repeatedly for years.  Trapped by the abuse and the rage it created within him, Mike turned to drugs, which led him to homelessness, crime, jail, and eventually federal prison.  As an adult, he successfully completed rehab and was finally able to get help for the sexual abuse he had suffered as a child.

Today, Mike is the vice president of a multi-million dollar distribution business in Cleveland, Ohio, a marathoner, and married father of three.  He is an outspoken champion for survivors, an unapologetic activist for the prevention of child sexual abuse, and a prolific public speaker. Mike is a member of the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network Speaker’s Bureau, and the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center’s Speaker’s Bureau.  Mike’s story has been featured as part of the Bristlecone Project through 1in6.org.  Mike serves on the board of directors of Reinventing the Cycle, a nonprofit organization in Cleveland dedicated to empowering children to recognize and stop sexual abuse.

With powerful, unparalleled honesty and enthusiasm, Mike shares his story with audiences nationally and internationally, inspiring all who hear him to be champions for change in their own lives and communities. Mike’s unforgettable message has helped organizations raise thousands of dollars, has inspired new policies regarding sexual abuse prevention, and has motivated countless survivors to seek help.

A powerful model of strength, courage, and resilience, Mike is dedicated to speaking out and sharing his story so that no other child suffers like he did.

VISIT MIKE’S SITES:
MikePistorino.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mikepistorinocom-702651453146520/?ref=hl
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MikePistorino
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pistorinomike/

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April: Child Abuse Prevention Month

Posted by Sandra On March - 27 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Child-Abuse-Prevention-LogoApril has been nationally recognized as Child Abuse Prevention Month since 1985. April also recognizes Sexual Abuse Awareness as well. Each year, there are nearly 3 million reports of child abuse and neglect. 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 afraid to report. National Child Abuse Prevention Month offers each of us an opportunity to highlight child abuse facts, be pro-active in educating the public on child abuse, 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!!~
Go ahead….
IT’S TIME TO GET ANGRY ABOUT CHILD ABUSE IN OUR NATION!!

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Take Action

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Each of us needs to take action to help prevent child abuse and neglect! Whether you donate to organizations advocating against child abuse, participate in a fundraising event, or join forces by contacting your local office, your contribution makes a huge 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.

How YOU Can Help:

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.

Purchase a STOP CHILD ABUSE t-shirt (Campaign runs 3/28/2016 – 4/11/2016)    Purchase a STOP CHILD ABUSE t-shirt or hoodie for April’s National Child Abuse Prevention Month! Campaign hosted by www.holdontohope.org. 25% of all sales will be donated to our nonprofit organization. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

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.

**DONATE**
If you are considering making a contribution, DREAMCATCHERSFOR ABUSED CHILDREN has many programs and services that would benefit from your generosity. Your tax-deductible contribution will be designated to promote child abuse awareness, intervention & prevention, along with support services for abuse victims. Any contribution you make will help us to fulfill our mission to prevent child abuse. If you have any questions or would like more information please email us at: [email protected] — Please click here for more info!

**IN-KIND DONATIONS**
Donate an item, service or gift card/gift certificate to help aid abused children or our organization. If you would like to learn more about in-kind donations, please click here!

**DONATE A VEHICLE**
Donate your automobile, boat, motorcycle, jet ski or almost any other mode of transportation, working or not. Your donation will help benefit DREAMCATCHERS FOR ABUSED CHILDREN. If you would like to learn more about donating a vehicle, please click here!

**LEAVE A LEGACY**
“Leave a Legacy” is a campaign to help educate people from all walks of life about the possibility of making an estate gift to their charity of choice. Those of you who are able to give generously during our lifetime, and those who have been unable to make lifetime gifts, can discover ways to make major contributions through thoughtful, well planned wills and other gift techniques. Gifts may be in the form of money, property, investments or a portion of an estate. Learn more by clicking here!

**IN MEMORY–TRIBUTE MEMORIAL DONATIONS**
Commemorate a friend, family member, loved one, or an abused child by making a donation in their memory–give a lasting gift that fights back against child abuse and lives on for years to come. Learn more by clicking here!

**DFAC MERCHANDISE**
Our shirts themselves are part of our story, as DFAC has sparked countless conversations that begin with the question, “What does your shirt stand for?” We love hearing about these conversations, the ones that change lives, create friendships, and promote child abuse advocacy. You can find these T-shirts and all our other merchandise on the front page of our domain website by the shopping cart or by clicking here!

**PURCHASE “BRAVELETS” JEWELRY**
“BE BRAVE” ~ Dreamcatchers for Abused Children STOP CHILD ABUSE “Bravelets” Jewelry!! $10 from each product purchased will be donated to our organization. Check out our jewelry items by clicking here!

**DREAMCATCHERS FREE E-BOOK **
Free–Immediate Download: The Dreamcatchers for Abused Children Child Abuse Handbook is an educational self-help tutorial with information pertaining to all aspects of child abuse & neglect. It will teach you child abuse signs/symptoms, facts/ statistics, effects, intervention, reporting, prevention, and provide resources to help victims & survivors locate the help they need to obtain a full recovery. This handbook also provides state & local hotline numbers and contact agencies. Please visit this link to download your FREE e-book.

**PROMOTE–SPREAD THE WORD–EDUCATE THE PUBLIC**
One way is to try to get as many people as you can to look at our website & let your friend’s know that you are helping us promote child abuse awareness–it will help us to educate the public faster!! You will then be doing your part to help these children. Even if your friends only log on & read our site ONCE….they will remember the signs/symptoms to look for, who to contact, intervention, prevention & recovery of child abuse. JUST THINK OF HOW MANY CHILDREN’S LIVES COULD BE SAVED IF ALL INDIVIDUALS WERE TRAINED ON WHAT TO LOOK FOR!!! Education & knowledge is the key to prevention!!!!

**TALK TO YOUR LOCAL SCHOOL**
Talk to your local school and find out what programs they have implemented for child abuse awareness, sexual abuse awareness and/or anti-bullying programs. If they do not have any programs in place, ask them to consider one and help them to research how to implement one. This is VITAL for all communities and for the lives of our children!! Click here to learn more!

**DONATE YOUR TIME LOCALLY**
You could also look in your area @ your local resources to see if they need volunteers (@ the shelters, hospitals, DHS/CPS offices, schools, etc.) This would be a way for you to learn more about the statistics of child abuse & to help your community. Recently, one of our members used our website as a POWERPOINT PRESENTATION at his church. He not only received a huge, positive response from his missionary, but also had a child come forward to report molestation that had been taking place in the nursery—THE MAN WAS ARRESTED!!! All because she saw our website, was educated, and KNEW to report this crime!!!

**VOLUNTEER**
We encourage the public and other child abuse advocates to “volunteer” to help DREAMCATCHERS. We ask that you help to promote child abuse awareness & education, distribute our literature, publications and information and think of unique ideas/fundraisers to help us raise funds so that we may continue our mission successfully. We need the public to be actively involved in our child abuse advocacy—we cannot do it alone. Consider becoming a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Volunteer!! CASA volunteers are desperately needed. Learn more here!

**FUNDRAISE**
We are an official non-profit 501(c)3 organization and are funded by donations, grants & charity benefits. You could organize unique fundraisers such as car washes, bake sales, community garage sale, art contests, 50/50 raffles, etc. ALL proceeds collected are directly donated back into the organization to help to help educate the public on how to help these abused children!!! Why not involve everyone in your community? Organize a community fund raiser & donate a percentage of the funds towards a child abuse organization of your choice. Learn more about fundraising here!

**SPONSORSHIP**
You could also ask businesses in your area if they might be interested in sponsoring us either directly or by holding a fund raiser or charity event. We accept gift items, monetary donations, in-kind donations and/or goods & services. Learn more about our sponsorship packages by clicking here!

CLICK for More Ways “YOU” Can Help

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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 downloadable 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 package—along with your commitment to preventing child maltreatment—can help create neighborhoods, communities, and a world in which every child can thrive.

Downloadable Materials

Web-based Resources

Online Training

Building Community, Building Hopeis a video series showing real-world, collaborative solutions to the problem of child abuse and neglect.

PDF Download (PDF – 2,027 KB)

OSHS’s Safe and Supportive Schools TA Center  provides resources and support to help schools and communities develop rigorous measurement systems that assess school climate and implement and evaluate programmatic interventions. We welcome you to explore and discover, ask questions, and share your perspectives.

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.

Presidential Proclamation — National Child Abuse

Child Abuse Prevention Month – CASA for Children

Prevent Child Abuse America

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month – Childhelp

National Child Abuse Prevention Month: 2016

 

Child Welfare Information Gateway

The 2016 Prevention Resource Guide

2016 Child Abuse Prevention Month

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

2016 Child Abuse Prevention Month Awareness Actitivites

 

 

 


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Spanish Resources

Download Song “My Secret Pain” to Help Our Cause

Posted by Sandra On December - 10 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

1449734536_87a257aaee_bBeatrice Baiu is an instrumental musician – guitarist, who is #1 in London. She and her producer, Lycan (#1 in Orlando, Florida), would like to donate 50% of the money people pay for downloading one of their songs that they’ve agreed to use for our organization.

DOWNLOAD “My Secret Pain” HERE

Beatrice’s artist page www.reverbnation.com/beatriceb1

 

Mission Daring To Care: Fundraiser for Dreamcatchers

Posted by Sandra On November - 8 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Fundraiser for Dreamcatchers for Abused Children
capture-20151108-200237Learn about what Jamberry has to offer. All orders for this event need to be placed no later than Nov. 20th. I, Viola Sullins, will be donating my full commission from this event to Dreamcatchers for Abused Children. To order visit www.ViolaSullins.jamberry.com

Join this event on Facebook HERE

A huge thank you to Viola Sullins and Patti McArdle for creating this event. To learn more about “Mission Daring to Care” and the work they do to support important causes, please click HERE.

Trauma Recovery University: Survivor Live Stream, Support, Chats, Groups

Posted by Sandra On October - 17 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

TRAUMA RECOVERY UNIVERSITY: The #NoMoreShame Project
HOSTS: Athena Moberg and Bobbi L. Parish

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Dreamcatchers for Abused Children is proud to announce “Trauma Recovery University” as an amazing resource for child abuse survivors. Athena Moberg and Bobbi L. Parish are trauma recovery coaches who host Live Interactive Video Broadcasts, Twitter Chats, Google Hangouts, and Facebook support groups that anyone is welcome to join at any time. These resources are aimed at survivors of childhood sexual abuse, but they would be helpful for survivors of any kind of childhood abuse. These women offer free online support and have helped thousands of survivors thus far. You can also watch their many child abuse survivors video archives on their YouTube channel.
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What started out as The #NoMoreShame Project, created by survivors and Authors, Rachel Thompson, Bobbi Parish, and Athena Moberg, originally existed to advocate for survivors of childhood sexual abuse by helping them tell their stories. Trauma Recovery University is now…Your Official Child Sexual Abuse Social Network: Come. Watch. Receive. Comment. Share. 

They have shared, grown, loved, and listened to survivors in 54 countries. Their first anthology, Discovering True, published Monday, November 17, 2014.  These are YOUR stories, fellow survivors. You are brave!  Volume I was made available November, 2014 on Amazon http://bit.ly/DiscoveringTrue

Trauma Recovery University has FREE resources anyone can tap into, aside from the videos, such as:

Twitter Chats 
We have two a week, both for adult survivors of sexual abuse.
The first is on Mondays at 10am PST, using the hashtag #CSAQT (which stands for Childhood Sexual Abuse Question Time)
The second is on Tuesday evening at 6pm PST. The hashtag for that chat is #SexAbuseChat

LIVE Broadcast
We broadcast our videos live each week on Mondays at 6pm PST. Anyone can watch us live at http://bit.ly/TraumaRecoveryU They can interact with us, make comments and ask questions by tweeting with the hashtag #NoMoreShame. We monitor that hashtag during the broadcast and answer questions live on the air.

Support Groups
We have several secret, private support groups on Facebook that survivors can also be added to.

Trauma Recovery Coach: Free Access to Self-Help Resources
Empower yourself! Access videos, handouts, e-books, and courses that will help you understand trauma and the trauma recovery process as well as how to make your own recovery simpler and faster. CLICK HERE
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @TruthIsHers
Facebook: Facebook.com/ Bobbi.Parish

TRAUMA RECOVERY UNIVERSITY LINKS:

  • Email:       [email protected]
  • Visit Athena’s Site: http://AthenaMoberg.com
    Visit Bobbi’s Site: http://BobbiParish.com
    LIVE broadcast: They broadcast their videos live each week on Mondays at 6pm PST. Anyone can watch them live at http://bit.ly/TraumaRecoveryU . You can interact with them, make comments and ask questions by tweeting with the hashtag #NoMoreShame. They monitor that hashtag during the broadcast and answer questions live on the air.

    The #NoMoreShame Project:
    E-Mail: [email protected]
    Twitter: @NMSProject
    Facebook: Facebook.com/NoMoreShameProject

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    Projects:
    Narcissistic Abuse Project: http://NarcDiaries.com
    Entrepreneurship Vlog: http://EntreTalk.com
    Teaching People How To Host Twitter Chats : http://2TweetGeeks.com
    Get Published in our next Anthology: http://NoMoreShameProject.com/anthology

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Twitter Info: 3 Weekly Chats w/
Mondays: 10amPT/1pmET  6pmPT/9ET (with video)
Tuesdays: 6pmPT/9ET

For Child Abuse Survivors: Our Child Sexual Abuse Survival Stories (Part 1)

For Child Abuse Survivors: Our Child Sexual Abuse Survival Stories (Part 2)

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Dreamcatchers #GivingTuesday Fundraiser

Posted by Sandra On October - 6 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

564_10151116548577407_400325201_nHelp kick-off the giving season & make a difference by joining #GivingTuesday @GivingTues!! Dreamcatchers For Abused Children’s ?#?GivingTuesday? Campaign is now active. Although #GivingTuesday does not officially start until 12/1/15, anyone who would like to donate now can do so. We are an official non-profit 501(c)3 child abuse organization. All donations are 100% full tax-deductible.

Dreamcatchers for Abused Children has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

Occurring this year on December 1, 2015 #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

  • #GivingTuesday is a special call to action to create a global day of giving that brings diverse organizations and communities around the world together to give back.
  • #GivingTuesday celebrates generosity by providing people everywhere with an opportunity to give more, give smarter, and give great.
  • #GivingTuesday unifies charities, corporations, small business, and individuals from across the globe to show that the world gives as good as it gets.

You don’t have to be a world leader or a billionaire to give back. #GivingTuesday is about ordinary people coming together doing extraordinary things. We thank you in advance for your support to help educate the public on child abuse awareness, education and prevention!!

VISIT OUR CAMPAIGN – MAKE A DONATION HERE

Make Pro-pedophilia Websites Illegal

Posted by Sandra On July - 17 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Sign the Petition to BAN Pro-Pedophilia Websites

imagesThere are websites that exist that promote and glorify sexually abusing children. Help The Mama Bear Effect? reach their desired signatures to makes these websites illegal. Child sexual abuse is a crime, yet a growing number of pro-pedophilia websites promoting the listing of ‘stories’ of sexually abusing children and ‘photos’ of ‘clothed’ children. Sites like youngcity.net and boylinks.net are just a couple that are allowing pedophiles to feel comfortable and acceptable about their abusive nature. These children cannot defend themselves – and it is time that we acknowledge ‘free speech’ does not cover the right to exploit and abuse innocent beings. SIGN PETITION HERE

Published Date: Jul 17, 2015

SIGNATURES NEEDED BY AUGUST 16, 2015 TO REACH GOAL:   99,650

TOTAL SIGNATURES ON THIS PETITION:  350

Please Vote For Dreamcatchers!

Posted by Sandra On July - 12 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

SUMMER STRONG CONTEST

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UPDATE! Thanks to all of YOU who voted for us, Champions for Kids has notified us that we were one of the top eight and will be awarded $5,000!! Thank you!!
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WE NEED YOUR HELP!!
Please vote for Dreamcatchers for Abused Children – it will only take a few seconds of your time, we promise! We don’t ask for much, but we cannot fulfill our mission with having the funding to operate…and this simple contest would allow us that opportunity!

We entered our “MACA MARCH” for the Summer Strong SIMPLE Service Project through Champions for Kids and we made it to the finals. Winners are determined by the number of votes they receive. The top 8 (out of 15) will receive up to $10,000! You can vote once per day until July 27. Thank you for your support!! ????

CLICK THIS LINK  and vote for Dreamcatchers entry: https://a.pgtb.me/mjZdqp

DC 3rd Annual MACA Photos

Posted by Sandra On April - 26 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

capture-20150427-212815Dreamcatchers for Abused Children’s MACA March & Family Fun Day was held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 in Lexington, MI this year… And was a huge success!!

Dreamcatchers 3rd Annual MACA March and Family Fun Day was held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Lexington Tierney Beach-Park in Lexington, MI from 11am-12pm. Our Family Fun Carnival Day immediately followed at the Lexington Community Center from 12pm-5pm. We would like to give a HUGE shout out to the participants, attendees, and all the amazing volunteers that helped make this event a huge success!!! THANK YOU!!

Please visit our 2015 MACA Photo Album to see photos of our event!!

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2015 DC MACA Sponsors:
Captain Fishbones & The Pirate Crew
Jeffs IGA Lexington
Hillman Farm
Bouncin Play
Bonfire Funds
Brownie Troop 71421
Dale Maddox
Sanilac Co Early Headstart
Beth Eschenburg
Continental Rental – Sandusky
Shannon Cournaya
Croswell Greenhouse & Florist
Jennifer Heinz
Lexington Fire Department
Village of Lexington
Jim Jones – Law Enforcement/Speaker
Josh Sawdon – Magicman
Sanilac Broadcasting Company
Times Herald Newspaper
Michigan Alliance for Families
Sanilac County Child Abuse Prevention Council

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MACA MARCH
When: Saturday, 4/25/2015
March Time: 11am -12pm
Where: Lexington Harbor Park-Beach
Everyone is welcome – All surrounding counties are invited!! We will begin our day by meeting at 11:00am at the Lexington’s Patrick Tierney Harbor Park & Beach (the harbor beach right on Lake Huron) to begin our march. T-shirts are being sold in advance this year (see link below) – there will not be any available to purchase at the event. There will be a short opening ceremony with guest speakers. We will march around downtown Lexington and should complete our march around 12noon.

FAMILY FUN DAY *FREE* INDOOR CARNIVAL

When: Saturday, 4/25/2015
Time: 12pm – 5pm
Where: Lexington Community Center (Peck Rd, Lexington)
This year’s theme will be a CARNIVAL. There will be carnival games & prizes, photo ops, and a professional clown. Many children’s indoor/outdoor activities will be offered!! “Captain Fishbones and the Pirate Crew” will once again be joining us! We will also have Child ID/Fingerprinting kits, face painting & tattoo table, toddler zone, music d.j. & karaoke, zumba, arts & crafts, playdough & coloring table, potato sack race, games, bubbles, hula hoop, basketball and a 3-in-1 bounce house. There will be popcorn, sno-cones, cotton candy and other treats for sale.

There will also be a Mom-to-Mom sale, bake sale and raffle drawing. Awareness, educational and informational booths will be on site for the parents!!

**Carnival Prizes** (and) **Prize Raffle Drawings**

CARNIVAL CLOWN & MAGIC SHOW
There will be a professional clown on-site that will perform a 45-minute MAGIC SHOW.

CAPTAIN FISHBONES & THE PIRATE CREW
“Avast Ye!” Captain Fishbones and the Pirate Crew of the Forgiven will be performing at this year’s Dreamcatchers MACA March & Family Fun Day!! This amazing, wonderful, caring group of volunteer PIRATES have supported Dreamcatchers for Abused Children 100% ~ and have actively participated at our annual MACA Marches. The kids just LOVE them and we are pretty fond of them ourselves!! They perform year-round for hundreds of different venues – all which support children!! See you soon, Mateys!! PLEASE like their page

DREAMCATCHERS CHILD ABUSE BOOTH
We will have a child abuse education and awareness booth with lots of free information and resources available for attendees. Child ID kits, sexual abuse awareness coloring books, freebies, and more!!

DREAMCATCHERS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BOOTH
We will also have a domestic violence education and awareness booth with lots of free information and resources available for attendees. This is a new division – directed by Ann Livingston (DV survivor & advocate).

MOM-TO-MOM SALE
We are looking for participants for our Mom-to-Mom sale. If interested in reserving a table for $10, please contact:
Ann Livingston (810) 986-0841

LOCAL BUSINESS – VENDOR TABLES
We are looking for vendors and local businesses interested in promoting their business and/or merchandise. Tables are available, but limited, and are $10/each. Set-up time will be allowed prior to the march. If interested in reserving a table for $10, please contact:
Ann Livingston (810) 986-0841
Kristin Hartway (810) 922-4725

SPONSORS NEEDED
We are looking for sponsors who would like to help make our 3rd Annual MACA March a success. Sponsors can donate items needed for the event or make a financial contribution. If interested in supporting our efforts, please contact:
Ann Livingston (810) 986-0841 or
Kristin Hartway (810) 922-4725

** Everyone is welcome ~ FREE to the public!! **
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For more information about our MACA Marches & Family Fun Day, please *LIKE* our MACA Facebook page:

CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR Dreamcatchers MACA Facebook Page

CLICK HERE to see CNBC News press release on our National “Tie One On” Child Abuse Campaign – Initiated by The Mama Bear Effect and partnered with Dreamcatchers for Abused Children, Sparks of Hope, and Enough Abuse Campaign.

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April: Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Posted by Sandra On March - 29 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

imagesSince 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.

Dreamcatchers for Abused Children has joined forces with THE MAMA BEAR EFFECT to help bring attention to child sexual abuse. You can participate in our “Take The Ugly Tie Challenge” to bring awareness to child abuse!! We are also petitioning the White House to have a child sex abuse ribbon nationally recognized. We need 100,000 signatures in 30 days. Could you help us spread the world and recruit friends to sign? Please click HERE to sign the petition!

CLICK HERE to see CNBC News press release on our National “Tie One On” Child Abuse Campaign – Initiated by The Mama Bear Effect and partnered with Dreamcatchers for Abused Children, Sparks of Hope, and Enough Abuse Campaign!!!!

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!!~
Go ahead….
IT’S TIME TO GET ANGRY ABOUT CHILD ABUSE IN OUR NATION!!

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Take Action

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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.

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.

More Ways “YOU” Can Help 

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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[6.6 MB] 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.

Downloadable Materials

Web-based Resources

Online Training

In support of abuse prevention efforts, HHS, the FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention, and the Center for the Study of Social Policy – Strengthening Families have created Making Meaningful Connections 2014 Resource Guide. The guide is designed for service providers who work in their communities to strengthen families.

OSHS’s Safe and Supportive Schools TA Center  provides resources and support to help schools and communities develop rigorous measurement systems that assess school climate and implement and evaluate programmatic interventions. We welcome you to explore and discover, ask questions, and share your perspectives.

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.

Presidential Proclamation — National Child Abuse

Child Abuse Prevention Month – CASA for Children

Prevent Child Abuse America

Official Site – Pinwheels for Prevention

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month – Childhelp

National Child Abuse Prevention Month 2015

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

The 2015 Prevention Resource Guide

The 2015 Prevention Resource Guide: Making Meaningful Connections was created primarily to support community-based child abuse prevention professionals who work to prevent child maltreatment and promote well-being.


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‘SCENTSY’ Fundraiser for Dreamcatchers for Abused Children

Posted by Sandra On November - 10 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Dreamcatchers Resource Library – FREE eBooks

Posted by Sandra On October - 2 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

DREAMCATCHERS RESOURCE LIBRARY

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Dreamcatchers for Abused Children has complied a comprehensive self-help resource library on all aspects of child abuse and other important child safety categories. They are offering these e-books for FREE as a PDF download to help further their mission by educating the public on child abuse awareness and prevention. These e-books offer vital information to parents, caregivers and educators depicting a variety of harmful behaviors directed against children. Each e-book will also offer important resources and pertinent toll-free numbers to the reader. All eBooks are available for immediate downloads. SEE BELOW FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF AVAILABLE EBOOKS!!

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  • FREE e-books available via LULU and AMAZON(coming soon!):
    Child Abuse
    Physical Child Abuse
    Child Sexual Abuse
    Verbal Abuse
    Child Neglect
    Child Abuse Effects
    Sexual Predators
    Intervention
    Report Child Abuse
    Child Protection
    Child Sex Abuse Prevention
    Stages of Recovery
    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
    Shaken Baby Syndrome
    Family Incest
    Bullying
    Suicide Prevention
    Missing Children
    Family Abduction
    Child Sex Exploitation
    Rape Support
    Domestic Violence

CLICK HERE TO GO TO LULU TO DOWNLOAD

(coming soon) CLICK HERE TO GO TO AMAZON TO DOWNLOAD

F. Lax Construction 2nd Annual Golf Outing Benefits Dreamcatchers

Posted by Sandra On September - 21 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

THANK YOU F. LAX CONSTRUCTION!!

10583951_10152229606912407_6608672153695869997_nWe are pleased to announce that F. Lax Construction’s 2nd Annual Charity Golf Outing to benefit Dreamcatchers for Abused Children was a HUGE success! We would like to thank Ty Blanchett and the owner of F. Lax Construction, Mr. Allen Jawad,  for their continued support of Dreamcatchers for Abused Children. They generously donated $10,000 to our organization from the proceeds of this event. Many thanks to all of the participants, contributors and sponsors that made this event such a success!!

For more information on F. Lax Construction and X-Cel Restoration, please contact:

F.Lax Construction
651 Livernois St.
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 547-1914
www.flaxco.com

FLAX VECTOR STACKED
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Dreamcatchers Announces New Domestic Violence Spokesperson

Posted by Sandra On September - 16 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

6571445e85fe08afaefe0c85985e1a02Tuesday, local non-profit organization Dreamcatchers for Abused Children officially announced their new Domestic Violence Spokesperson, Ann Livingston.Livingston is a survivor of Domestic Violence. She is devoted to her seven children, five of them are survivors of abuse. Living the quiet life in a small country town in Michigan, Livingston is honored to be part of a group that helps give a voice to those who can’t find their own yet. Livingston said, “I want to leave footprints that others would want to follow in.”

Statistics suggest 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, women experience more than 4 million physical assaults and rapes, men are victims of nearly 3 million physical assaults, a domestic violence act occurs every 15 seconds, women are more likely to be killed by an intimate partner than men and every year, 1 in 3 women who is a victim of homicide is murdered by a current or former partner.

Livingston already has many plans in the works for Domestic Violence Awareness month in October. She is focused on ideas that are going to change the way people view domestic violence; from the stand point of the victim and the children who witness the violence in the home. READ MORE HERE

ANN LIVINGSTON

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We Stand Up Organization Creates PSA, Video, Book

Posted by Sandra On June - 28 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS
672a3342b5b22c5a620c9afe09796b4eThe We Stand Up Coalition (www.we-stand-up.org) is an organization in Delaware that is working for the awareness and prevention of Child Sexual Abuse. They recently collaborated with a publishing/media group to create a song, publish a book, music video, and Public Service Announcement  (PSA) to bring awareness to sexual molestation. The founder of the We Stand Up Coalition, Terrance Tykeem, published a book about child molestation called “TOUCHED.” The book acknowledges the work Dreamcatchers for Abused Children does on page 105.
Visit the WE STAND UP website here
LIKE their Facebook page here
Purchase the TOUCHED book here

Terrence Tykeem Presents “Touched” (Full Length Version) from PeterParkkerr on Vimeo.

Child Sexual Abuse PSA from PeterParkkerr on Vimeo.

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ABOUT THE BOOK “TOUCHED”:

Touched: When Innocence is stolen the pain last forever

download (1)by Terrance Tykeem (Author)
There will be 500,000 babies born this year in the United States in alone that will be sexually molested before the age of 18 (http://cachouston.org/child-sexual-abuse-facts). This means there are more than 42 million adult survivors of child sexual abuse in the U.S.( Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2006). So you can imagine what the numbers are now, the global figures are even more staggering. Children of every gender, age, race, ethnicity, background, socioeconomic status and family structure are clearly at risk. It isn’t strangers our children have to fear… (italics, and spaced so this sentence stands out, maybe larger font too) Most child sexual abusers are respected members of the community drawn to settings where they gain easy access to children like schools, clubs and churches. Even worse to comprehend is when the abuser is a parent, foster parent, or relative. The two individuals that allowed me to share their heartbreaking stories of molestation are part of a fraternity of millions whose lives have been forever changed by individuals that were entrusted to be their protectors but instead would become their tormentors. “What I do know is that sexual abuse is completely preventable. We, as parents, educators, siblings, and caretakers should bear the responsibility to take any and all measures possible to keep our children safe. When we allow our children to have their innocence stolen it saddles the victims with feelings of shame, self hatred and pain. The long term consequences can be devastating” – T. Tykeem

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ABOUT THE FOUNDER/AUTHOR TERRANCE TYKEEM:
Author, Singer, Songwriter, Producer, and Businessman, Terrance Tykeem was born in Atlanta,Georgia, spending equal time between Atlanta and Philadelphia, before becoming an NFL walk-on. Unfortunately, due to injury his dream of playing in the NFL was short lived. He, deftly, transitioned from pro-athlete into a career in the entertainment industry. A creative spirit, Terrance has tried and true experience in the music industry [as C.E.O.] signing a number of artists to Top Flight Records, assisting with signings of NAAM BRIGADE to Electra Records and R&B Group UNPLUGGED to Cash Money Records. He participated in two major tours. The cash money/Ruff Ryder and the Cash Money tour which combined to covered 72-markets, followed by the Paid in full tour which covered 22-markets. As a Recording artist, he released several singles and videos, two were placed in rotation on BET, which led to him landing a deal with national distributor INDIE, he followed that with signing a deal with 125th street records a label that was owned by Eric B, of the legendary rap group “ERIC B & RAKIM. He then acquired a deal with Brandon Records, a label that was distributed by Warner Brothers. He developed a TV show called the Players Club, a show whose name he eventually sold to Rapper and Director “ICE CUBE” for his 1st feature film of the same name. His most recent project as an artist was recording a song and video with the late LAMONT BENTLEY from the TV show MOESHA, which aired on UPN for a little more than 8-seasons. As an author, Terrance released his first book in 2001, titled “More than One Flavor”. In recent years Terrance’s focus has shifted to philanthropic endeavors and social reform which resulted in the 2013 release of his second book, “Guilty by Reason of Arrest”. His third book, ” Touched”, is scheduled to be released mid 2014. In both his second and third books, Terrance deals with issues plaguing our communities, mass incarceration and child molestation, respectively. He uses each novel to promote awareness and demands a call to action. As a writer, Terrance is not afraid to challenge the system and does not shy away from asking or answering difficult questions on either subject matter. I’m sure we can anticipate more books that call for social change from this renaissance man that is a perfect mix of street smarts and southern charm.

Dreamcatchers 2nd Annual MACA March

Posted by Sandra On May - 21 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Dreamcatchers for Abused Children 2nd Annual March Against Child Abuse
Saturday, May 10th in Port Huron, MI

10345779_10152044539897407_1276767677956207478_nWhat an amazing day!! Dreamcatchers March Against Child Abuse- Port Huron, MI 2nd Annual MACA March was a huge success!! Approximately 500 attendees were present to participate in the march against child abuse. The anti-abuse activists gathered at Pine Grove Park in Port Huron, MI and marched to the court house and back to the park, where they participated in several family fun activities at the park. Bounce houses, face painting, strolling pirates, live music and a live theater group were on hand.

We would like to publicly thank the entire Dreamcatchers for Abused Children team, Terrance Burney, Jim Jones, The Native Howl, The Gasoline Gypsies, Emily Torres and Kelly Coutelle Torres, Randy Willis,Blue Water Safe Horizons, The Harbour Shelter, Linda Turner Michilli and Michael Fishbones Michilli and the entire PIRATE team, Parents for Safer Daycare, Pam Oziah, Heather Bearden, Ann Cuthbert Livingston, Jessica Livingston, Caitilyn Livingston, Erin Rusch, Jessica Sayers and the TEAM MELISSA group, Christian Jones, Matt Kearns, Roger Larson, Philip Potter, Kristin Larson Hartway and family, Tiffany Rheaume and family, Alexx Jenkins, Ashlee Jenkins and Justin Sproles, Caleb J. Potter and Callie Potter, Mariah Larson, Kelsey Hartway, Destin Hartway, Jacko Suisse, the family of Damien Sutton, the supporters of Prhaze Galvan, Fairfield Inn, Times Herald newspaper in Port Huron, Michigan, Urban Bulldog Against Kid Abuse, Chesterfield Party Rental, Pine Grove Park, Kearns Agency, St. Clair Democratic Committee, Port Huron Fire Department, Port Huron Education Association, all of our wonderful sponsors, organizations and local advocacy agencies, and EVERYONE who attended the event.

Dreamcatchers Mobile Apps Available for Scan, Download

Posted by Sandra On April - 11 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Dr. Phil Uses Dreamcatchers for Abused Children As A Source

Posted by Sandra On March - 19 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Parenting in the Real World: Shocking Statistics

5d29f82d393d7f28bda585d8dd5849aaParents, you need to prepare your children for the real world — not the world you wish they were inheriting. From Life Code: The New Rules for Winning in the Real World, Dr. Phil shares some shocking statistics about children being raised in today’s family paradigm:  Your children were born into a very different world from the one you were born into and grew up in. When the game changes, so do the rules, and boy, oh boy, has the game changed for your children! The family paradigm has changed radically. When I grew up, the typical family was still a working dad, a stay-at-home mom, and two or three children in a neighborhood full of intact families. Today, the divorce rate is around 40 percent, and children living with a single parent or in a blended family are common. And this creates a whole new environment of risk for children.

Did you know that compared to a child living in what researchers refer to as an intact family:

  • A child with a biological mother who lives alone is 14 times more likely to suffer abuse.
  • A child with a biological father who lives alone is 20 times more likely to suffer abuse.
  • A child with biological parents who are cohabitating but not married is 20 times more likely to suffer abuse.

And, most shocking of all:

  • A child with a biological mother who is living with a man who is not the child’s father is 33 times more likely to suffer abuse. (Source: Dreamcatchers for Abused Children)   READ MORE HERE

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Child Trafficking Film: Trade of Innocents

Posted by Sandra On January - 4 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

downloadPornography is shown to sex trafficking victims to train them in what they will have to perform/endure. Since they are not able to choose what they do, they will have to do whatever the client wants. Often, the client wants to perform sex acts they’ve seen in porn. They themselves have been educated by porn. Therefore, the victim will need to know how to execute various scenarios satisfactorily.

Forcing sex trafficking victims to watch porn also desensitizes them to the violence and humiliation. They see it happening and become used to it. It initiates them and lessens the outward emotional trauma.

Repeated and sustained viewing of pornography alters the way viewers think about sex and the presence of violence, even if the viewer will be on the receiving end. Dr. Mary Anne Layden of the Sexual Trauma and Psychopathology Program at the University of Pennsylvania explains pornography is “a permission-giver for, and a trigger of many negative behaviors and attitudes that can severely damage not only the users but many others.” Sex traffickers understand the cognitive power of pornography to change the brain to accept porn life as real life. They use this reality against their trafficked victims. By forcing them to watch porn, traffickers force victims to normalize the abuse perpetrated against them.

 

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http://stoptraffickingdemand.com

Dreamcatchers 2013 Review

Posted by Sandra On December - 28 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

downloadDreamcatchers Completed An Outstanding Year Of Service To Our Community 

Dreamcatchers for Abused Children would like to take a moment to reflect upon our accomplishments in 2013. We couldn’t be more proud of our staff, board, sponsors, community partners and our followers who make our work possible. We will continue to be a voice for our children and strive for nonprofit excellence for ourselves and our colleagues in the sector. This 2013 Year in Review is intended to provide you with a snapshot of our community work over the past year.  We are pleased to present these highlights of our recent work…

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