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Sharing – What to do when you find CSAM or evidence of child sex trafficking online

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Whatever the motivation, that’s not the appropriate thing to do. The article below walks through the steps of reporting it to the platform where you saw it, and also reporting it to the proper law enforcement agencies. Those are the places who can actually investigate this, not your friends and groups.

Please, keep this in mind, and keep this handy.… Read More

Shared Links (weekly) April 11, 2021

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National Child Abuse Prevention Month Don’t Wait: Talk to Your Kids About Online Safety

It’s Okay to Get Mad About Mental Health Stigma

Aly Raisman on Healing from Sexual Abuse

Forgotten Memories of Traumatic Events Get Some Backing from Brain-Imaging Studies

How to Keep Kids Safe From Online Sex Traffickers

Racism and Mental Health

How to talk to the men in your life about their mental health

How To Help Someone At Risk Of Suicide : Short Wave

6 Ways to Optimize Your Instagram for Better Mental Health

Simple joys are all around us, but it can be easy to miss them.

Why is child abuse prevention my responsibility?… Read More

Sharing – Is it really OK to not be OK?

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The article below is about the UK, where NHS funding determines how much mental health treatment is available, and when too many people need it, someone has to decide who does, and doesn’t. Usually that means people who aren’t “sick enough”, get nothing, and continue to get worse.

Can we say the same isn’t true in other countries? In the US, we have a severe shortage of mental health resources and funding too. Maybe there’s not a government agency determining who is “sick enough”, but there are plenty of obstacles to getting care that leave you with similar results. You’re not sick enough to be a priority, you’re not insured enough to get treatment, you’re not wealthy enough to get private care, and on and on.… Read More

Sharing – How my Facebook post about suicide uncovered so much hidden male pain and suffering

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I have managed to be somewhat successful by society’s standard. I am also a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. To assume that must mean I wasn’t that hurt by it, is to tell me that you know nothing of my life, or the lives of thousands of other men like me. Is it any wonder so many don’t come forward and talk about it?

But, as the article below points out, there are too many men in pain, with nowhere to go, for us to not talk about it. They deserve better.… Read More

Sharing – How to Heal Childhood Trauma Without Forgiving the Person Who Caused It

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If you choose to forgive, know that it is your choice, including what forgiveness means to you. I’ve talked to many survivors who have made that choice, and how they define forgiveness isn’t always the same Know, however, that it absolutely does not mean you have to now be silent and never bring it up again, and know that people who desire your silence, are not your allies.

I will agree with Roseanna about that, it’s not about forgiveness, it’s about healing.… Read More

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