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My Child Was Sexually Abused: A Parent’s Feelings


The discovery that someone you love and trust has sexually abused your child is extremely stressful and can bring up intense feelings of shock, denial, disbelief, anger, confusion, guilt and helplessness. The following story from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s pamphlet on intrafamilial sexual abuse reveals some of these common thoughts and feelings that […]

Giving Thanks In Captivity


On June 5, 2002, fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Smart was taken from her home in the middle of the night by a religious fanatic, Brian Mitchell.  She was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. In her book, My Story, Elizabeth further describes […]

How To Care For A Person Who Has Been Abused


How I Can Help handout When someone you know is experiencing abuse in their relationship: Listen and believe them! Minimizing or excusing the abuse does not help.  Show empathy and understanding. Don’t automatically tell them to leave. Help them to feel empowered to explore their options, make their own decisions, and support them in their […]