I’m feeling good and feeling great! I think Monday really missed me, but I can’t say that the feeling is mutual. I hope each of you had an awesome weekend and for those of you who did not, expect and make it a better week.
I have a great passion for working with teens and believe that their feelings are discounted; at times. They have real live issues and concerns. Because of the aforementioned, there is a huge cloud of silence begging to be heard. Today, I am here to scream for those who, for whatever reason, won’t yell. Even though this is sometimes difficult to discuss, we must encourage our children, who could become bothered teens -that could become troubled adults, to break the silence of sexual abuse and molestation. Often times we are quick to point a finger at the parents when children have behavioral and trust issues, gender identity crises, promiscuity, drug addictions and much more. These idiosyncrasies can be adopted as a defense mechanism from sexual abuse and molestation. Far too often we hear victims feel as if they could not tell anyone and this breaks my heart.
So, how do we break the silence? We help them have a voice! Sexual abuse is not limited to females. Child Safe Tips states that only 1% to 10% of victims ever report that they were abused and boys report less than girls. As a parent, a mentor, a friend or a family member, do you set an atmosphere that is conducive to open conversation? If this has happened to you, have you told your children or someone? You would be amazed how this issue is still taboo when it happens so often. One day, I was listening to the Michael Baisden show he said, “Ask your child have they been touched before.” Being summoned to do so, a young mother asked her daughter who said no, but her son said yes. Yes, this young mother was baffled. If you never ask, you will never know. Make this a conversation piece.
Once we can get people talking more about this, we can help people heal; juxtaposed to this potentially ruining someone’s life and childhood. I have been blessed to connect with several people and organizations that can help. Please see the resources below. Just like many of you, I am a parent, a sister, an aunt and a friend. I know how important it is to protect your child(ren). We may not be able to put a stop to this, but we can get enough children talking that some of these cases can be prevented. I challenge you to break the silence today! Ask your son and daughter have they ever been touched inappropriately.
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