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What IS Emotional Abuse?

Emotional abuse is incredibly damaging to one's self-esteem and confidence with side effects that may last longer than physical abuse. While physical abuse may appear in dramatic outbursts or tension, emotional abuse is mainly undetectable and elusive to capture. Similarly, in both cases, neither the abuser nor victim may notice the signs. Emotional and physical abuse can occur in any type of relationship, ranging from parents and children to friendships or relationships. It is considered by...

Break through the darkness and shine

Being angry and placing blame takes too much energy. It took me a long time to let it go. Everyone heals and handles things different, but the key is to know that it's not your fault. I was angry for awhile. Accepting the hurt and abuse caused by my loved ones wasn't easy, nor was the journey I was given. I used to feel that if I forgave people and chose happiness, it meant their behavior was justified. It's actually quite the opposite. And although I can forgive most, but not my father ...

What YesICAN Has To Offer Abuse Survivors

Yes ICAN: International Child Advocacy Network is an amazing organization which helps many survivors of abuse through education The mission of the organization is: working world-wide to break the silence and cycle of abuse. Yes ICAN believes that the only way we can prevent child abuse and domestic violence is to break the cycle of abused children growing up to become abusers or individuals who are unable to protect their children or themselves because they don't know how. The organization...

How to Have Healthy Relationships

Being in a relationship is a great experience. At first it is easy to get along, but after the “honeymoon” stage is over, the relationship changes and it takes more work to make the relationship work. To make a relationship work, and to make sure your relationship is healthy, there are steps both you and your partner should take. When you are in a relationship, try to promote healthy habits : like respecting each other and giving each other a healthy amount of space . It is tempting to spend...

By Slandering an Alleged Victim You Become an Ally to Oppressors

By now we have all heard about the alleged domestic violence of Amber Heard by Husband, Johnny Depp. When I first read the story my immediate thought was, “No, not Johnny Depp! He wouldn’t do that!” Judging by the headlines that read: “ Johnny Depp is being blackmailed by Amber Heard ”, “ Amber Heard is pictured smiling hours after alleged attack ”, and “ Amber Heard now has 20 million reasons to smile ”, I know I was not alone. I felt a great deal of shame when I realized my own thoughts,...

Suicide: What Stopped You and Why Are You Here Now?

Nobody knows whether there is a god. Or whether we have souls. Maybe there is nobody out there looking out for us, and when we die our consciousness evaporates, leaving nary a dent in the vastness of the cosmos. When you've gone through some pretty hard stuff at the hands of the ones you love, sometimes that seems like the most reasonable answer. I want you to mentally raise your hand if the reason you're even on this website in the first place is because you have been abused. I'm going to...

Warning Signs of Abuse...This is Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Child mistreatment is any act or series of acts of commission or omission by a parent or other caregiver that results in harm, potential for harm, or threat of harm to a child. There are different kinds of child abuse: physical, sexual, and emotional. Neglect, which can be benign or deliberate, is also child abuse. If you think there might be a child that might be a victim of abuse, check your suspicions against the list below which are common...

8 Ways a Parent Should Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

In honor of April being Child Abuse Prevention Month, this month I want to talk about prevention of child sexual abuse. There are things that we as adults can do to protect children and also teaching them safety strategies to protect themselves. The following is an easy list that parents, school teachers, coaches, and child care personnel can use as a quick guide on how to prevent Child Sexual Abuse. Take an active role in your child’s life . Be involved in their activities and people around...

Dating Violence Described in 4 Ways

Being in a relationship is fun and definitely an interesting experience. In a relationship there are a lot of ups and downs and both people have to put in a lot of work to make it work. Being in a relationship is a very emotional experience. Sometimes, the emotional experience can lead to violence. Couples fight, but unfortunately in some cases, it leads to dating violence. Intimate partner violence (IPV) affects millions of Americans. The term "intimate partner violence" describes physical...

A Child Abuse Survivor- What I Want Others To Know

As I sit here thinking about what to write, i’m struck by the idea that some people might not know what goes on inside the mind of a child abuse adult survivor after years of healing. What would I want people to know about my experience? What do I wish people knew? How has it affected me and changed me into the person I am today? These are all what I deem as important questions to look at and ponder. So, the first thing I want to say about childhood abuse (this includes physical, emotional...

What is and How to Identify Child Sexual Abuse

Are noticing your child is acting “out of character”? Did you know this could be because they might have been sexually abused? Some background information you might find helpful: The abuser may be an adult or an older child or adolescent The abuse may include forcing a child to engage in sexual activities; asking or pressuring the child to do so (regardless of the outcome); indecent exposure of the genitals to a child; displaying pornography to a child; rubbing the genitals...

The Signs of An Abused or Neglected Child

  Having children is an amazing gift and being a parent is a wonderful job. However being a parent is also a very stressful job as well. Unfortunately not everyone has the ability to be a parent which can love and take care of a child or children. Sadly there are children in the world which suffer from abusive and neglectful parents. If you are around children or a child you should be aware of the warning signs of a child which is suffering from abusive and neglectful parents. According...

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