You can't force treatment on a child who has shut down. Counselors must take a step back and find creative and unique ways to engage.
Memories of our bedtimes don't go away. They aren't written down anywhere and sometimes it's a stretch to pull them up if we go looking for them. But once in a while a memory is triggered and comes rushing to the forefront, spilling over into our present.
This summer, Judge Gorcyca shocked the world when she berated the Tsimhoni children (ages 9, 10, and 14), compared them to the disciples of Charles Manson, and sent them to juvenile detention for refusing to see their father who they claim is abusive.
If the unthinkable happens to you, and your child trusts you with their secret, how you respond will make a huge difference in their emotional equilibrium and their ability to heal.
An estimated one out of four girls and one out of six boys will be sexually abused before the age of 18, the age in which most freshmen enter college. Even though I identify as a survivor of sexual violence, stories like mine are largely omitted in the current campus sexual violence movement.
The children never lack in enthusiasm when they nestle up with a volunteer to listen to a story, just for them. When they arrive, they are overflowing with anticipation for what's going to happen, and when they leave they are filled with an extraordinary amount of joy and love.
Divorcing parents often struggle emotionally with the reality of having less time with their children; this adjustment is particularly difficult when one parent believes that the other parent is abusing the children.
It is important to remember that "they were asking for it" is used not only in instances of discipline. It is used in situations of abuse -- to defend the abuser.
Every Saturday night the Walsh families gathered for dinner, music, and cousin time. There were nine children, ranging in age from 4 to 14. It was ...
Knowing that someone has good intentions doesn't mean you have to put up with their craziness. In fact, a clear-eyed view of the difference between their intent and their actions may be the very thing that gives you the courage to walk away.
Veronica Everett-Boyce founded Urban Fitness 911 three years ago in Los Angeles, CA. Urban Fitness 911 addresses the disparity of health and fitness for youth and adults by providing them with wellness, fitness, nutrition, mentoring, and tutoring.
The stats clearly demonstrate that people we know -- people we openly invite into our homes, people we willingly give one-on-one access to our kids -- are much more likely to be the ones to hurt them.
While the topic was painful and could have been expressed in a way to manipulate and shock, Spotlight tenderly and honestly showed the ways in which abuse impacts people at every connection point.
"Danger Season" started on October 1st. This is the time of year when the temperatures drop and the chill at night makes it the most desperate time for the children we serve. This is the time when children are cold, afraid and lonely.
Last year, French peacekeepers in the Central African Republic reportedly sexually abused boys who were trying to subsist at a camp for those displaced by a brutal, ongoing conflict.
Judaism teaches us that every descent is for the sake of an ascent. Difficult people present us with an opportunity to grow. If I did not face adversity in my childhood, I would have never learned the life lessons I have and be able to help others. When I am faced with an obstacle it is no accident and there is a lesson for me to learn. I live life with gratitude.