Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Surviving CSA: The Elephant In The Room

Introduction to beginning to deal with the problem that everyone pretends isn't there.

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Abuse of Trust Breeds Culture of Silence

".. common experience faced by many child victims of sexual violence: telling an adult, often a parent, and having their truth, their terror, their suffering either disbelieved, ignored or used as the basis for punishment .. Delayed disclosure by children, vis-a-vis the rejection of children’s disclosures by adults, are a common feature of child sexual abuse. This fact continues to be a shameful indictment on society .."

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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Workshop Teaches Children to Say No

About a workshop held in the USA, has useful tips

“..“How many parents have said, ‘Don’t talk to strangers,’ and then they follow it up with, ‘Always be polite.’ That’s a big problem,” said Stephen Daley, executive director of radKids. “They give virtually any adult in their child’s life the ability to control them. Children need to understand that it is not their job to help a grown up that they do not know. Being polite is saying no and going to get another grown up to help them.” ..”

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Monday, August 3, 2009

New Zealand: Internet Child Sex to Be Banned By Govt Via Filtering System

“.. New Zealand Internet service providers will receive a filtering system to block the sites that host child sex abuse images ..”

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Friday, July 31, 2009

Child Protection from Violence

The English grammar in this article is a bit wonky, but the message is clearly communicated. 10 tips on simple but important things parents need to teach young children.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Recognising Child Abuse: What Teachers Should Know

Good points on what to look out for in your students if you suspect they are victims of child abuse.

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Boys More Abused Than Girls

" .. In our experience, we found that boys were more sexually abused than girls. And they were even more reluctant to report it than girls," said Pooja Taparia, founder-CEO, Arpan, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) which works to prevent child sexual abuse and heal those who have been affected by it. Taparia said the effect of child sexual abuse on a boy or a girl stays through the victim's lifetime. When it comes to child sexual abuse, there are several myths: the first one being boys are not at risk. The second myth is child sexual abuse is prevalent only in the lower class. "In fact, all the victims of child sexual abuse that Arpan has seen belong to the middle or upper class. We haven't got any case from the lower class," said Taparia, adding that this does not imply that it does not happen in the lower class. "Another myth is that incest is very rare. In fact, it is far more prevalent than what is reported," she added .. "

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Incest in India: How Safe Are Our Daughters?

" .. Experts apprehend a lot of it goes unreported and say efforts should be made to address the problems peculiar to the Indian familial structure. Possibly the tight-knit family structure, the domineering role of the fathers and uncles, the submissiveness of women who are mute witnesses to gross injustice and the ingrained tendency not to allow “family shame” to be exposed whatever the cost, are factors that help the abusers get away with it all .. Interestingly, Indian laws do not even recognize incest as a crime .. "

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Our Collective Duty to Prevent Child Abuse

" .. The causes of child abuse are complex, but social and personal factors place some people at greater risk to abuse children in their care. Some are simply unprepared and have little ability to manage the challenges of caring for a child. Other factors include: financial stress, substance or alcohol abuse, little access to help, a history of domestic violence in the family or childhood abuse. Most child fatalities from physical abuse involve an unskilled parent or care taker with substance abuse problems and personal histories that include domestic violence .. "

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Exposure To Family Violence Especially Harmful To Previously Abused Children

" .. children who are maltreated tend to have a lot of re-exposure to family violence, and this re-exposure often leads to increased psychological problems .. Specifically, previously abused children who witnessed family violence had more symptoms of depression and anxiety, while previously abused children who were subjected to harsh physical discipline were more aggressive and broke rules more frequently .. "

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Technology Safety and Security for Children

A free online booklet with information for parents and others who care for children

" .. increase your awareness of the types of risks that families take when allowing their children
to use high-tech tools in an unsupervised and uneducated manner.

Pornography is extremely easy to find and download. And, it is so pervasive that the
likelihood is quite good that you will stumble on it even by accident. Pornography can be
in the form of photos, multimedia slide shows (yes, PowerPoints), audio files, videos,
and cartoons. Kids can use a search engine and a bit of knowledge that narrows searchresults to specific file types to access all of these in an instant
.. "

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

'Thursday Group' Book

" .. 'The Thursday Group: A Story and Information for Girls Healing from Sexual Abuse,' .. combines the fictional narrative of a 13-year-old girl with practical information.

The book is for the families of abuse victims, anybody working with sexual abuse and anybody who cares about victims, Kleinleder said. They acknowledge that boys can be victims, too, and women can be perpetrators
.. "

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Being Prepared Speeds Healing from Abuse

“ .. When we make a plan, we acknowledge that child sexual abuse can happen to a child we love and care about. We do not expect it to happen but are prepared if it does happen. When a child discloses sexual abuse, we might feel panicked and want to deny it. We may worry about liability, causing embarrassment or making a mistake. We might even want to brush it aside and try to convince ourselves and the child that it did not happen or was not that serious ..

Make sure to think through your emotional response before you suspect abuse. You will be able to respond in a more supportive manner
.. "

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Recipe For A Predator

" .. The perfect predator comes with all the ingredients necessary to keep him or her in the child molesting business. He/she is enriched with- a dash of charm, a pinch of time, a cup of intimidation, an ounce of access to children, a spoonful of secrets, a measure of deception and a gallon of silent partners. This simple bag of ingredients creates the predators friends and relatives have grown to know and love .. "

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