April is Sexual Abuse Awareness month.
Childhood sexual abuse is real.
It happens and without healing it has the potential to leave emotional and spiritual scars that can last a lifetime.
One out of four women is a survivor. That’s someone you know. That’s someone you love.
Innocence lost. Trust shattered.
Happiness and hope replaced by shame and self hatred.
Don’t let this be your daughter. Or your son.
Know the facts. Be informed. Talk to your kids.
I know, it’s uncomfortable. We’d all rather pretend it doesn’t happen.
But it does.
Childhood sexual abuse is real and it happens.
Suffering through a few uncomfortable conversations with your kids is nothing compared to what it could prevent.
Being stretched beyond your comfort zone is part of the mom package. Remember labor?
If you won’t get the facts and protect your kids, who will?
Be committed to watching your kids like a hawk.
Most perpetrators are male relatives.
Never put your kids in risky situations. Listen to your kids.
They may not be able to articulate why uncle “so and so” is scary or gives them the creeps but that’s okay.
Respect what they are saying.
Never doubt your mother intuition.
If someone makes you uncomfortable, trust your gut feeling.
Go with it.
Remember you don’t need to explain anything to anyone. You only need to answer to God.
Be known as a mama bear when it comes to protecting your kids.
Most childhood sexual abuse happens between the ages of six and eleven.
Do your kids really need to be having sleep overs and spending much time with other adults without you before then anyway?
You think something like that would never happen in your family?
You’re sure you don’t know or associate with any pedophiles or other kids who are being or have been abused?
One out of every four.
That’s across all demographics and includes religious and nonreligious families.
We are raising up the next generation.
Be committed with me.
One parent at a time.
Let’s not let that statistic rise on our watch.
Childhood sexual abuse. It happens.
By being vigilant and proactive we can make the world a safer place.
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