This is a story of empowerment. This is a story of how kids in even the worst of situations can still turn their lives around, if we as the adults can make emotional safety a part of a school's culture.
Tragedy struck the little town near the Canadian border that numbers just 386 inhabitants. A child there was taken from her home on a warm July night and murdered. Her body, wrapped in a blanket, was found dumped in the Connecticut River a week later. That child's name is Celina Cass.
Sexual abuse is a disease and a learned behavior. Until we accept that this disease is a significant part of our culture than we will never begin to eradicate it. With these boys speaking out, with Matt standing up, we are one step closer.
I remember as a child loving to visit my friends' houses. Sleeping in someone else's home was a treat. Now I can't help but wonder how many of the children we see at Pajama Program wish for a mundane routine in a home of their own.
Jerry Sandusky will spend the rest of his days behind bars. It has ended as it should. However, we act as if this is a unique situation. Yes, he's that big a criminal and justice has been served. But when will we tackle the pervasive epidemic of childhood sexual abuse?
Why is it that law enforcement seems incapable of protecting children from offenders like Moland, who, despite proving themselves to be dangerous parents, are not held accountable for any future parenting choices they may make?
All the Danish soldiers who developed PTSD were much more likely to have suffered emotional problems and traumatic events prior to deployment. In fact, it wasn't traumatic war experiences that predicted the onset of PTSD, but rather childhood experiences of violence.