It looks like For Better or Worse , the comic, is bringing sexual assault to the funny pages. While it doesn’t involve a minor, it does involve the sexual advances on a girlfriends’ much younger daughter. That’s all too common, and probably all too familiar to folks who have dealt with childhood sexual trauma in some way as well. It’ll be interesting to see how the story continues.
Because you never know who will read it, and see themselves in it: After suffering abuse by her national ski coach, Geneviève Simard read a book that changed her life. Before her abuser ever set foot in a courtroom, when she felt alone, Simard read a book, Why I Didn’t Say Anything. It was by Sheldon Kennedy, a professional…
Last night I had the opportunity to attend an event on the campus of LSU and hear Aly Raisman, Olympic gold medalist, and sexual abuse survivor, share her story with students. I wanted to recap some of what she had to say as a survivor in the spotlight, both because of her athletic fame, but…
The content of the article is pretty accurate, but if you saw the article shared on Twitter, for example, with just the headline, what would your take-away be? Oh, the headline? This is what it said:
“If this happened to you in childhood, you may have mental health problems”
That headline seems to imply the exact opposite of the content of the article. The study they are reporting on, actually says the opposite of that. It implies that we really don’t know or understand all of the causes of mental health issues. For some, it may be tied to childhood trauma, for another person it may be tied to something else, or someone with a lot of childhood trauma didn’t grow up with mental health issues.
Since we know many, many people only read the headline and then either move on, or share based on the headline alone. I can’t help but wonder how many people are sharing something, assuming that it says that childhood trauma causes mental health issues, when the article actually says it’s more complicated than that.
If you’re not familiar with the now somewhat famous ACE studies, what we are talking about here are studies that seemed to show that the more Adverse Childhood Experiences you had, the more likely it is that you will deal with bad outcomes in adulthood. The original studies got a lot of media attention, deservedly,…
So, what do we do? We can definitely take advantage of the suggestions made by Lindsey Holmes in that HuffPost link above. We can also acknowledge that without available therapists, many of us are going to have to do the best we can for ourselves and each other. We are going to have to muddle through this, and the only way to muddle through is by supporting each other. No, we are not therapists and we shouldn’t really try to be. But, we can be human beings who care enough about other humans to offer support. Whether that be in person, through text or calls, on social media, etc. we can all offer something to each other. We can all share our stories and our struggles because right now there’s simply no excuse for anyone to feel like they are struggling alone.
The Fifth Edition of the Blog Carnival Against Child Abuse is up over at Survivors can Thrive today. Once again it looks like there quite a bit of good writing going on, as usual. Next month’s edition will be hosted right here, so start thinking about submissions! Technorati tags: CarnivalAgainstChildAbuse