Tag Archive | Sexual abuse

If you see something, say something (Day 10 of 19 days of Activism)

English: Germany's Ex-Minister and now Indepen...

English: Germany’s Ex-Minister and now Independent Delegate for the Assessment of Child Sexual Abuse, Dr. Christine Bergmann Deutsch: Unabhängige Beauftragte zur Aufarbeitung des sexuellen Kindesmissbrauchs, Dr. Christine Bergmann, Bundesministerin a. D. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thousands of girls under the age of 18 are ensnared into lives of prostitution annually, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Many are runaways or “throwaways” trapped in “the oldest profession” by pimps who sell them using modern sales and marketing techniques, including the online classified website Backpage.com.

If you see evidence of child trafficking or child sexual abuse, report it to ChildHelp USA National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-422-4453.   If the legal system does not provide adequate protection for a child, contact Justice for Children at (713) 225-4357 or http://justiceforchildren.org

If you are being abused, speak out and get your life off “pause.” (Day 8 of 19 Days of Activism)

Among more than 1,400 adult females, childhood...

Listen to these two teenage sisters who were sexually abused by their uncle, a police officer.   They finally spoke out after years of abuse and found that it took their life off “pause.”

“In October, 2011, two sisters, ages 14 and 15, came to StoryCorps to remember confiding in each other about being sexually abused.

The girls’ abuser was their uncle and part-time caretaker.

They recorded this conversation just 10 days after he was found guilty of sexual assault. Their names are withheld to respect their privacy.”

Two Sisters Talk About Sexual Abuse (click to listen)

Read more: Storycorps Teenage Sexual Abuse

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Road to Change Walk 15,000 km Across the E.U. to Stop the Silence (Day 4 of 19 Days of Activism)

Ariana-Leilani’s Mom joined Matthew McVarish,  on his walking trip from Netherlands to Berlin, Germany for several weeks. Several German newspaper articles were written about this activism to stop child sexual abuse.

Stop Child Sexual Abuse message from Matthew McVarish walking 15,000 km across the EU.

Route

London left May 31st 2013
Paris June 10th to June 18th
Luxembourg June 28th to July 4th
Brussels July 10th to July 16th
Amsterdam July 22nd to July 28th
Berlin August 16th to August 22nd
Copenhagen September 1st to September 7th
Stockholm September 23rd – 29th
Helsinki September 30 – October 6th
Tallinn October 6th – October 12th
RigaOctober 22nd – October 28th
Vilnuis November 6th – November 12th
Warsaw November 26th – December 2nd
Prague December 21st

2014
Vienna March 12th to March 18th
Bratislava March 21st to March 27th
Budapest April 3rd to April 9th
Bucharest May 12th to May 18th
Sofia May 27th to June 1st
Athens June 24th to June 31st
Cyprus June 31st to July 6th
Malta July 6th to July 12th
Rome July 21st to July 27th
Ljubljana August 17th to August 23rd
Geneva September 15th to September 21st
Madrid October 30th to November 5th
Lisbon November 24th to November 30th
Cardiff January 1st to January 7th 2015
Dublin January 14th to January 20th
Belfast January 25th to January 31st
Edinburgh Feb 7th

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19 Days of Activism for prevention of abuse and violence against children and youth 1-19 November

19daysThe 19 Days Campaign is a WWSF initiative launched in 2011 by the Children-Youth Section and sponsored by the Women’s World Summit Foundation – WWSF and other partners.

As a multi-issue coalition of diverse partners using the 19 Days Campaign as an organizing strategy in the fight against at least one of the 19 abuse/violence issues presented in the list of campaign themes, you help create a world fit for children by:

  • Raising public awareness of the multi-faceted problem of abuse and violence
  • Mobilizing agents for change, organizations, institutions and grassroots faith-based groups
  •  Educating for better prevention measures
  •  Strengthening local, national and international initiatives
  •  Establishing collaboration with other campaign partners
  •  Creating support at the national, regional and international level
  •  Linking prevention with the Convention on the rights of the child and the UN Study on violence against children
  •  Lobbying governments to implement UN Study recommendations and in particular “prioritize prevention”

Aims of the 19 Days Campaign

Continue to bring to light the alarming problem, its multifaceted aspects and the need to generate sufficient civil society interest and government and public support for better prevention measures

Catalyze grassroots support for the mandate of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children – SRSG VAC

Create new synergies at all levels between diverse actors (youth included) to empower the international community in its commitment to eliminating violence against children and youth

The 19 Campaign themes

  • Sale of children (2013 main theme)
  • Child prostitution (2013 main theme)
  • Child pornography (2013 main theme)
  • Children involved in armed conflict
  • Sexual abuse
  • Bullying
  • Neglect
  • Child labor
  • Corporal punishment (2011 main theme)
  • Child trafficking
  • Child sex tourism
  • Harmful traditional practices
  • Street children
  • Discrimination based on health conditions
  • Addiction and substance abuse
  • Malnutrition
  • Dangers of ICTs
  • Abduction
  • Juvenile death penalty

Ariana-Leilani is being abused and neglected.  As a result, she suffers from Severe Chronic Neutropenia — where her neutrophil levels are at life threatening low levels making her prone to fatal infection.   She needs medicine to control her condition.  Please sign her petition:

GoPetition for ariana-leilani

European Road to Change: A Message to Victims of Abuse

Traveling around Europe, Mathew McVarish is sending a message to victims of child sexual abuse, on his “Road to Change” 10,000 mile walk.   Listen to his inspiring words to Ariana-Leilani and others:

Read More:

GoPetition for ariana-leilani

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Silent Tears: Sexual Abuse of Children is Ten Times the Rate of Cancer

Silent Tears from Palladian Group

A recent Silent Tears Study done in South Carolina points out that:

  • One in four girls is affected by sexual abuse, one in six boys are affected, criminal sexual abuse is preventable, victims are 2 to 3 more likely to have alcohol abuse problems,
  • Child sexual abuse by relatives, including parents, is no less harmful than that by non-relatives.    However, Child Protective Services across the country discount relatives as suspected abusers.
  • The primary reason that the public is not sufficiently aware of child sexual abuse as a problem is that 73% of child victims do not tell anyone about the abuse for at least a year. 45% of victims do not tell anyone for at least 5 years. Some never disclose.
  • Children who are sexually abused are at significantly greater risk for later posttraumatic stress and other anxiety symptoms, depression
  • These psychological problems can lead to significant disruptions in normal development and often have a lasting impact, leading to dysfunction and distress well into adulthood,
  • Sexually abused children tended to perform lower on psychometric tests measuring cognitive ability, academic achievement, and memory assessments when compared to same-age non-sexually abused cohorts.
  • Sex offenders often have multiple victims. In a study of 561 sex offenders, the men in the study accounted for the sexual abuse of 195,000 children.
  • The chance of getting caught for sexually abusing a child is as low as 3%.
  • Many sex offenders carefully groom their victims and the families of their victims in an effort to gain the trust of the child and the family.
  • Even Governor Haley of South Carolina and Oprah Winfrey were victims of abuse.   “It doesn’t matter your background, it doesn’t matter your education, it doesn’t matter the wealth of your family,” Haley said. “Every child is subject to child abuse. And it was a day-care provider that was taking care of me.”

Help save 10 year old Ariana-Leilani from abuse and neglect in Washington DC:

GoPetition

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5k/8k Run to Stop the Silence of Chid Abuse — April 14, 2013

Stop the Silence

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This annual event is part of year-round efforts by Stop the Silence to bring attention to child sexual abuse, its treatment, and prevention. With your help, we can do better for those most vulnerable in our communities… the children… and help survivors heal and thrive. Please join us this year as a runner, walker, cheerleader, donor, sponsor, or visitor. Come be a part of the solution.

markmoseley

This year, we’ve partnered with the Washington Redskins Alumni Association who will be out in full force at this year’s race. Mark Moseley, of NFL fame and a former Redskins player, has signed on our the official spokesperson for Stop the Silence for 2013, and has challenged everyone to run with him on April 14 at the Race to Stop the Silence. There will be food, entertainment, speakers, prizes, and fun for the kids. So bring out the whole family!