Ginger Kadlec, over on her blog, has a couple of really good posts about how to handle being told that someone is either currently being abused, or was sexually abused as a child. I recommend that you take a look and be prepared before someone in your life shares their story with you.
I can’t necessarily vouch for every blog on the list, but the Depression Treatment Center has put together a list of the Best Depression Blogs over on their site. In their words:
Finding the best blogs on depression and depressive disorders can take a lot of time and can be depressing all on its own. We have compiled a list of the best blogs on depression that you can keep an eye on without having to do your own searching. Each one has been selected based on quality of information as well as how frequently it is updated. We know that you will find these quality blogs to be just as informative as we do and well worth reading.
Whether you are searching for help yourself, to help a loved one or just for more knowledge, we’ve got you covered. We have handpicked the top ten best blogs about depression on the Internet. These authors are depression survivors, physicians and therapists who want to help. The newest studies, firsthand accounts and helpful tips are just some of the great morsels you’ll find in our top ten.
I am only familiar with a couple of the blogs on the list, but if you’re on the lookout for more information about depression, and want to follow some blogs that you can continue to learn from, you could do a lot worse than starting with these 10.
What are your favorite blogs on depression?
If you’re interested in a little interview I did recently with the founder of the No Longer Silent Movement, you can check it out over on their blog.
As I mentioned before, I think it’s a great thing that Nicolette is trying to reach survivors at a young age. So many of us went through such pain and misery in our adult years because we didn’t get help, or tried to keep our issues secret. How I wish survivors would not do that to themselves! Hopefully, giving them a role model (Not that I consider myself a role model, but I am someone who survived, and has overcome an abusive past) will let them know that they are not alone, and are on a path that others have taken before them.
Lori’s Song is a brand new site, that just went live today. It is also a charity designed to provide a supportive area for abuse survivors.
From their mission statement:
We have many goals for Lori’s Song. Most prominent in our vision is a positive focus on healing and thriving. Our comprehensive website provides a plethora of resources, insights, and information. Understanding the effects of abuse and their many manifestations in our adult lives is vital to healing from the past and forging a healthy and fulfilling future. Our website offers information on all aspects of healing from child abuse and is a springboard to other helpful resources.
So check it out and see what they have to offer. I know I will be back to see how things develop. It’s always great to see some long time contributors to the online survivor community working together to provide new resources!
Recently, I was contacted by Nicolette Winn, the founder of the No Longer Silent Movement (http://www.nolomovement.com).
The first paragraph of the NoLo Movement’s mission struck a chord with me.
Giving a voice to those who previously had thought themselves voiceless, the No Longer Silenced Movement seeks to empower teenage and young adult survivors of child abuse. By working to build a national network, we hope to show them that a better way is there for them than continuing the cycle of abuse and the hardships that are fostered through it.
When I was a teenager, and through the early years of my adulthood, I was still very much under the impression that no one else was dealing with what I was dealing with. I spent, wasted really, many years without much support, and definitely without role models to show me that recovery was possible. As much as I try to get the word out that survivors are not alone, I also know I’m just a guy with a website. There is so much more that survivors need that I can’t provide. That’s why it’s great that there are groups being formed, trying to reach out to any specific group of survivors, especially at a young age, where they have the chance to not waste as many years as I did in unhealthy behavior before they start healing.
If you are, or know, a young survivor, you may want to consider getting them in touch with NoLo and help to build that network of young adult survivors!
If you’ve ever wondered about the Blog Carnival Against Child Abuse, and wanted more information about what it is, and how you can participate, head over to From Tracie and take a look at the page she has describing what it is. It should provided answers to your questions, as well as links to the entire carnival archives!
Thanks to Kate1975 for pointing me to it!
So nice to see such a large number of submissions, and even more, some new folks submitting for the first time! Thanks to everyone for getting the word out, and for sharing their posts with us. It truly shows me that there are many, many survivors finding their voices during this month of child abuse awareness.
With that said, let’s get right into the categories!
Advocacy and Awareness:
Tricia McKnight shared a post with this introduction. “We all are human and we all use our eyes, rather than our heart, to Judge those around us. If others could see inside our souls as to what we endured and what we have conquered – how would they feel if they had to carry this horrific and disgusting secret??? Read “Judging Eyes” and see if your heart can be touched to reach the reality of another person before turning away.”
Our own Blog Carnival organizer, Tracie, shared another touching story in Separate Cars
Jayneartin shared a story, which was also part of a “Five Sentence Fiction Challenge”. Thus it’s short, but very effective! Listen to the Children
Sherry, on her Wounded Breeze blog, shares the one thing we can all do, every month, in A Gift of a Smile to a Child Alone.
Lastly, Rox sent us her thoughts on Child Abuse Awareness Month, her first time submitting an article, right at the beginning of April. Definitely quite a lot to think about. Personally, reading it reminded me that speaking out about what happened to me won’t necessarily change the world, nor should I expect it to, but it can reach individual survivors and let them know that they are not alone. That’s good enough to keep doing it, in my book.
Tracie, having a rather prolific April of writing, shared her story of the effects of abuse – Broken Cookies
Beth wrote the following to introduce her post:
“I’m actually working on a story (novella or e-book I suppose) as part of a Challenge. It’s my first attempt at writing fiction and I made my main character a little girl who is a survivor of domestic violence. This link is to my first post/chapter/segment in the series. It could easily stand alone although I hope people will consider following more of Allie’s story“
Healing and Therapy:
RebeccaPi wrote “I’m struggling to forgive the person who abused me and my children- not because he deserves it, but because I need to have a healed heart. This post is about my search for what forgiveness means and how I can go about healing my heart.” I think we can all relate to A Change of Heart.
Tracie adds one from the Band Back Together blog, Twitter Parties are Good for the Soul, and I couldn’t agree more. Sometimes when we most want to be alone, what we really need is the chance tor each out and connect with someone else. Social Networking sites are a great way to do that when all else fails! As she wrote herself: “I still struggle with April being child abuse awareness month, because it is such a hard month for me, personally, with flashbacks and memories. But I put myself out there and participated in a discussion on twitter about surviving sexual assault and was reminded that hiding (my go-to coping technique) never really helps me.”
Kate adds some insight into friendships for survivors in Here’s the Thing: “This post is about learning good boundaries as a survivor when it comes to new friends. My survivor blog friends taught me what a real friend is.”
Jenny shares some very personal thoughts on Stockholm Syndrome for abuse survivors in Associating
For my own submission, I’m also adding a metaphor for healing. Roll With the Changes.
The Middle State shared some very personal thoughts in The One Thing. I found parts of it reminded me of my own thoughts a couple of months back about making kids easy targets for those who would abuse or bully them. It’s the damage caused to kids that makes them vulnerable.
Sperk, a new contributor as well, sent in This is Your Journey. How many times have I offered up that same sentence when talking to survivors. We’re all on our own journeys, there’s no right or wrong way to heal nor a set amount of time, so long as you do it!
Ray shares his own experiences with an abusive childhood as well in a post simply titled Abuse.
And we finish up this impressive gathering of survivors speaking out with our one poetry entry for this month, Brittany’s The Man Who Molded Me
Thank you to everyone who submitted an article, and for those of you who continue to write, read, and comment on blogs to help our little community grow. It’s been an honor reading the entries that were shared this month, and being the host!