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From Victim to Advocate


You could have heard a pin drop as 650 people listened to Elizabeth Smart tell her story.  You can read her story in her book, My Story. After hearing her story, you begin to wonder how was she able to transform herself from a victim to a dynamic speaker who works passionately to help prevent […]



There are more people in slavery today than any other time in history. Estimates are that as many as 27 million people are enslaved. 27 million!

On the fourth of July, we celebrate our freedom, but I sadly can’t stop thinking about all those individuals who are not free today. I especially mourn for the children and women who are victims of sex-trafficking. Can you imagine what it would be like if you, your daughter or your granddaughter lived the following story?

Signs and Symptoms of Child Abuse


Behavioral signs of physical abuse
-avoids physical contact with others
-apprehensive when other children cry
-wears clothing to purposely conceal injury, i.e. long sleeves
-refuses to undress for gym or for required physical exams at school
-gives inconsistent versions about occurrence of injuries, burns, etc
-seems frightened by parents
-often late or absent from school
-comes early to school, seems reluctant to go home afterwards
-has difficulty getting along with others
-little respect for others
-overly compliant, withdrawn, gives in readily and allows others to do for him/her
without protest

Am I Being Abused?


If you answered “yes” to even one of these questions, you may be in an abusive relationship.

Does your partner…
Embarrass you will put-downs?
Look at you or act in ways that scare you?
Control what you do, who you see, or talk to or where you go?
Stop you from seeing your friends or family members?
Take your money or Social Security check and make you ask for money or refuse to to give you money?
Make all of the decisions?

Substance Abuse


Guilt but Never Despair What did we do wrong?  How could we have averted this problem?  These and many other questions haunted my husband and me.  Our son, Steve, at age 17, had been expelled from military school for using marijuana.  This happened in April, just six weeks before he would have completed a very […]

10 Signs Your Teenager is in Trouble


1. Depressed – Your teenager is acting depressed. He/she doesn’t want to do anything, lacks motivation, has lost interest in things he likes to do, and has a decreased attention span or effectiveness when doing things. 2. Anxious – Your teenager is feeling some anxiety. He or she cannot relax, is not sleeping well, having […]