The other story from this weekend was another British judge giving “one more chance” to someone who downloaded CSA images a second time after being diagnosed with a brain tumour. That story is here.
From my email today, thought it might be of interest to our UK readers: Tackling Child Abuse Conference Prevention, Investigation and Prosecution Monday 27th September 2010 – Central London http://www.capitaconferences.co.uk/public-sector-conferences/police-criminal-justice/full-conference/article/tackling-child-abuse-conference.html?code=MKRG The police and partner agencies are under heightened pressure and scrutiny to effectively crack down on child abuse following a series of damaging high profile…
I was more than a little shocked and saddened when I read the news in an email this week about the Louisiana chapter of Prevent Child Abuse shutting its doors. First and foremost, because, as the article gets into, the hard work of abuse prevention doesn’t seem to really move the needle when it comes…
It’s due to be overshadowed for American readers by the final Presidential Election Debate but it’s BBC vs BBC over in the UK, as one documentary news flagship on one channel – Panorama – shows a documentary investiagating another one on the second largest channel – Newsnight. The editor who took the decision to postpone…
When I was undergoing treatment with a therapist, she actually tried to get me involved in group sessions. The sexual abuse survivor group I attended a few times was not for male survivors, it was for any survivor, and I just happened to be the only male in the group. It didn’t last long. To get any help for me, as a male survivor, I had to kind of be wedged into programs and tools that were designed for female survivors. It still helped me, but it could have been better, and might not have helped a lot of men. I do believe it’s gotten slightly better over the years, but only slightly. It’s still a huge problem. We still don’t have any real idea of how many male survivors there are, or how to make resources available to them. Partly because we don’t talk about it enough, and partly because when men do talk about it, they aren’t listened to.
We pay the price for that. Those survivors grow up, and struggle, on their own, with mental health and other issues. They don’t feel safe coming forward, and they are often made to feel weak if they even consider asking for help.
That’s no way for anyone to go through life.
I’ve survived both childhood abuse, and a suicide attempt. I know what it feels like to believe that it will never get better, just as much as I know that it can get better because it has.
Truthfully, you are a survivor, and the world needs you and your story. How else will the other survivors around you know what is possible?