This month was somewhat slow for contributions, I’m sure the holiday had a lot to do with it, keeping everyone busy and away from their blogs. On the other hand, there’s nothing like family time to inspire abuse survivors to write, so I’m looking forward to reading some of the post-holiday thoughts in the next few months. 🙂
I enjoyed hosting this month’s edition. It forced me to make time to read everyone’s submissions and I really enjoyed that tremendously. So, without any further delay:
Survivor Stories and Poetry
Heather presents Personal Legacy of Abuse, about which she added “As part of my own healing… and working through the devastating effects of abuse I decided to create this diagram that make it easy to see the profound effect that abuse has.”
Brian aka hummingbunny presents Poetry Thursday about Little Brian, “a poem about one of my multiples, Little Brian, and is our virtual trip to the museum.”
WW added a timely poetry submission What Am I Thankful For? , and this remark to the group:
To All: I recently deleted my PTSD blog, but a new and better one is on the way. In the meantime, I would like to submit this semi-poetry, which is not about child abuse specifically, for the Carnival Against Child Abuse. I am a survivor. And this Thanksgiving I am focusing on all the good things life has to offer. WW
Also, Lisa added Words.
In the News:
Speaking of Lisa, she also had some strong words about pedophiles in power in a post titled Osama bin Sperm Donor in ’08!
Holly, meanwhile is focusing on a story about how Police share insight on sex crimes and hoping it can help governments find solutions.
Marcella Chester continues a conversation with How Abusers Convince Themselves They Aren’t Doing Anything Wrong posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor’s zigzag journey into the open.
Advocacy and Awareness:
Faith presents Child Sexual Abuse; Broken Bodies – Broken Dreams
Jeremy delves into politics and religion a bit with Conservative Parents vs. the New World Order
Annaleigh takes on a topic we’re all familiar with, Staring into the face of my grief, sorrow, guilt, and shame.
Emily added this note “This post talks about how having sexual abuse stamped on my maternity notes effected me. I also talk about my pregnancy and how I worried about having a boy in terms of dealing with his gender and sexuality. Of course, I ended up having a boy and I can report that none of my fears came to fruitition.” along with her submission, 39/40 Pink or blue?
Healing and Therapy:
The most submissions this month came in this area, which shows me that folks are working at healing. That makes me happy to see that.
Linda Freedman presents About Affection-Long Story-Part Two, adding “The post addresses the consequences in adulthood of having feared authority as a child. This second part of a four part series reveals Therapy Doc’s bias on parenting and handling domestic chaos. Although there’s a place for a Mommy Monster in the home, that place is clearly in the realm of hyperbole, not reality.”
April_optimist had this to say about her entry, Powerful Choices
I wrote this because I was remembering how powerless I felt as a kid and how much I’ve grown and changed over the past few years. And I wanted to write about how as adults we can reclaim the power to be happy, the power to create the lives we want to have.
scarlett_demon shared some thoughs about Consent
Last, but certainly not least, Marj aka Thriver presents From Negative Assumptions to Autonomy and her words about her post are the words I want to leave you all with this month:
Many child abuse survivors, like myself, learn lots of negative assumptions about the world. Here’s a look at turning those negatives into positives. We all deserve to feel better about ourselves!