Rock Singer Ian Watkins Gets 35yrs for CSA against two babies, EU enquiries continue
In English law, sentencing guidelines were changed last week by the Crown Prosecution Service to increase minimum sentences for rape and sexual assaults, raising the tariff to start at 15 years and with other factors taken into account. Despite this change, Ian Watkins was subject to the law in Wales. What connects both countries is…
Link – What’s the Answer to the Shortage of Mental Health Care Providers?
These numbers are daunting, but I am glad to see organizations trying to respond to this situation on multiple fronts. It’s going to take a lot more than just training a few more mental health care providers. We need to embrace multiple possible options. Troubling Numbers But Hopeful Answers The numbers are indeed troubling: More…
Is There a Hole in the ACE study?
I’ve written before about the ACE studies and surveys, and if you’ve read those you know that I think everything about ACE scores needs to be taken with a grain of salt. However, until my wife shared this news article from her alma mater I had not noticed that the question about childhood sexual abuse is somewhat more specific than it should be. Apparently, Robyn Dolson noticed it too, and decided to use her thesis work investigating why, and how it impacts the results. In short, the question about sexual abuse refers to being abused by an adult or someone 5 years or older than you.
As many of us can attest, that leaves out quite a few survivors who were abused by someone in their peer, or a slightly older, group, which happens quite frequently.
Sharing – Patrice Evra: Ex-Manchester United star wants to end violence against children and details his own experience of sexual abuse
How many times have we heard “why did you wait so long to speak out?” Have we considered what we’ve done to make survivors feel safe to do so? Have we considered what our friend or family group would need to look like in order for a survivor to feel safe opening up about their experiences?
TED Talk By A Cancer Survivor – Does Being a Survivor Define You?
This TED talk by Debra Jarvis is about being a cancer survivor, but I think the ideas presented have a lot to offer for abuse survivors as well. Sometimes it’s easier to stay a “survivor”, and allow that to be an excuse for our behavior, or to allow other people to define what being a…
Reviews Elsewhere – If You Say So
Found this review over at the Santa Monica Daily Press as part of a column by David Pisarra. In it, he talks about an app for domestic abuse sufferers to document what is happening secretly, but he also mentions this book by James Sweigert. I’ll let David’s description speak for itself: I recommend “If You…
@SurvivorNetwork Those who’ve suffered at the hands of their parents, God bless the children. @EliseMcGhee-Thirty Years of Silence-Kindle
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I thank you for the link to my blog article Sibling Abuse – An Epidemic. I am sorry that I am just now getting around to saying thank you. I have definitely gotten behind in my emails and keeping up with reading those blogs that I follow. I do appreciate the work that you do here.
You’re very welcome! No worries on the delay, we all have offline lives that keep us busy, busy! Thank you for the kind words, and keep up the good work!