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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• We were able to support the work of nonprofits in Prince Georges County in partnership with the Prince Georges Chamber of Commerce and look forward to the launch of our Prince Georges County Board Pipeline in 2014.
• ABC-Dorchester was awarded the Community Transformation Grant by Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, as well as, successfully hosted the 2013 Health Disparities Conference.
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REBIRTH: The Bmorenews.com 11th Anniversary Gala & Benefit :: Honorees include Photographer Anderson Ward :: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 :: 6-9p :: Douglass-Myers Museum
All are invited to attend REBIRTH: The 11th Anniversary of Bmorenews.com on 12/11/13 from 6 to 9 pm at the Douglass-Myers Maritime Museum. RSVP at www.bmorenews11.eventbrite.com.
Honorees that night include Baltimore's extraordinary photographer Anderson Ward. Read in Full >>
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Honorees on this magnificent evening include some of the most stellar people in America, including Bmorenews' longtime friend from Maryland's Eastern Shore.
Moonyene Amis-Jackson: She is nothing short of a fighter for the people. The story of Harriet Ross Tubman is one so deeply burned in her soul. All too well, she knows what it is to be black in a land dominated by whites. She also knows, like Tubman, the way towards freedom and justice for all.
From 2001 to 2009, Moonyene Jackson-Amis was an elected official on the Easton Town Council representing Ward IV, the first African American woman to stand for election in the history of Talbot County. She did what no black woman had ever done - let alone in the 21st century ... on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. There are approximately 36,000 citizens in this place. And Easton is the County Seat. Read in Full >>