Open up the communication line between you & your child on the crime of child sexual abuse. Awareness is key to Prevention!
First…Get educated about this crime @ http://www.speakingout-csa.com and/or read “Childhood: It Should Not Hurt!” by Claire R. Reeves
Second…Talk to YOUR Child! Some books that may assist with having this conversation at the age appropriate level can be found at http://www.speakingout-csa.com/recommendedbooks.html
“When a child is sexually violated, it contributes to the destruction of their self-image, which can only gently be restored through love, hope & healing.”
The more we know about this crime & ultimate violation/betrayal of children, the better for children. Let’s start here. Click on the below link for information on…
- What Child Sexual Abuse Is
- Overview of Child Sexual Abuse
- Forms of Child Sexual Abuse
- Additional Information
- What Child Sexual Abuse Is NOT
- Our Definition of a Child
- Who is in Authority over a Child
Fear (Being Threatened & Manipulated)
Love and/or Know the Person Abusing Them (Don’t want their “loved one” to get into trouble; Want their Acceptance/Approval)
Lack of Understanding
Have been taught to respect Adults (Authority Figures)
Thinks/Feels like everyone knows (That people can tell just from looking at them)
Don’t want to Upset a Loved One
To protect a loved one or pet from Abuse or Harm (i.e. Mom, Brother, Sister, Dog, etc…)
Don’t Think Anyone will Believe Them (That’s what they are being told)
Fear of what a Loved One might do to the Abuser
Feel it is a Private Matter that should not be talked about
Think maybe its Normal; Happens to all Children
Knows its Abnormal; Feel Very Alone; Thinks a Highly Unusual Thing
They told someone once & was either not believed and/or not protected
NOBODY TALKS ABOUT THIS KIND OF THING…NOT EVEN ADULTS
For many children who do tell, they are either not believed and/or not protected. Unfortunately, this in turn has the potential to shut down a child about their abuse for a long time, if not permanently. Why would that child ever tell again? Something to think about Adults!
What is Spiritual Warfare?
What does Spiritual Warfare have to do with the Crime of Child Sexual Abuse?
Who is the enemy & how does he use “people” to do his dirty work?