By Kimberly Rhem, www.D2L.org
Darkness to Light believes that adults should be taking proactive steps to protect children from this significant risk. It is unrealistic to think that a young child can take responsibility for fending off sexual advances by an adult. Adults are responsible for the safety of children. Adults are the ones who need to prevent, recognize and ...react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Yet, the statistics clearly show that adults aren’t shouldering this responsibility.
Darkness to Light believes that adults just don’t know how. Read the 7 Steps to Protecting Our Children, A Guide for Responsible Adults. Think About It! It is unrealistic to expect a six-year old to fend off sexual advances from an adult relative. A six-year old cannot recognize sexual advances for what they are, and a six-year old has been taught to “mind” adults who are authority figures. It is impractical to think that a six-year old can or even should protect himself in this situation.
Adults are Responsible for the Safety of Children! We strap children into car seats, we walk children across busy streets and we ask our teenagers questions about where they are going and who they will be with, all to keep them safe. Adults should also be responsible for protecting children from sexual abuse.
Why don’t adults do a better job? Child abuse statistics show that adults do not adequately protect children from child sexual abuse. There are a lot of reasons why, but the main reason is that THEY DON’T KNOW HOW!!!
Research suggests that adults are unaware of effective steps they can take to protect their children from sexual abuse. Most do not know how to recognize signs of sexual abuse and many do not know what to do when sexual abuse is discovered.
There are several well-known and successful programs that teach children self-protection skills and techniques, as age-appropriate. These programs also teach children about physical boundaries and about discerning types of touch. These programs are valuable to children. The skills learned by children in these programs have thwarted some abductions and sexual assaults. However, we must not fall into a trap of thinking that these skills are the only protection children need.
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The Glover Report: Sharon Baptist Church Celebrates 130th Anniversary: Lt. Gov. Rutherford and Congressman Cummings, former Chief Judge Robert Bell on the Scene as Baltimore City Heads for April 2016 Primary Election
I, for one, cannot stomach that. I insist on seeing black people get educated and employed and open increasingly more businesses and I don’t care if the politician is Democrat or Republican, I just want to know that they are doing their best to represent the needs of the community moreso than their own political career. Actually, the more you serve the people, the more people want to push you higher. So, push your career by pushing black progress. When black politicians fail the people, a Freddie Gray Uprising occurs.
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The Glover Report: HIDDEN IN PLAIN VIEW: Vestiges of Slavery Evoke Disdain of Cheatham, Amin: Wyman Park Statue of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson
Cheatham said that since Baltimore City and Baltimore County are discussing the topic of remaining vestiges of slavery, let’s put this one on the table as well.
Cheatham and Amin wonder the message this sends to a majority black city – right in plain sight of thousands of passersby daily, including Johns Hopkins University students.
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Black Wall Street HARBOR BANK ft Joe Manns Black Wall Street Awards :: Thurs., June 25, 2015 at 6 pm, 25 W. Fayette Street, BALTIMORE (Doors open at 5:30 pm)
: Tonight's Joe Manns Black Wall Street Honorees:
Joanna Sullivan (Editor, Baltimore Business Journal)
Brandi Hunter (Executive member of Because We Care, Inc. an organization that supplies food, clothes and care to those in need (including the elderly) in Maryland, DC & Virginia)
Debra Keller-Greene (CEO of Keller Professional Services)
Nikiea Redmond (Graphic Artist, Entrepreneur)
April Divah Styles, (Stylist, Salon Owner, Entreprenuer)
Akio Evans (Film Maker)
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Op/Ed: Vanguard Justice Society Welcomes Commissioner’s Challenge to Stand Up for Reforms & Stand Against Police Misconduct to Rebuild Community Trust
Although Commissioner Batts claims credit for reforms in “ethics, training, discipline, equipment, efficiencies, and policies,” we anticipate that the U.S. Department of Justice investigation into the force’s practices and procedures—which Vanguard has repeatedly welcomed--will show that the department still has a very long way to go. In addition, we anxiously await the results of the pending Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) that may reveal a clearer picture of the deployment of public safety resources prior to, during, and immediately after the civil disturbance on April 27—actions that we fear may have, and continue to put both police officers and the public at risk. Read in Full >>