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Thorn is a growing full-time team of staff and contractors, working from over 21 states to unleash the power of technology on behalf of vulnerable children. They now house the first engineering and data science team focused solely on developing new technologies to combat online child sexual abuse. They brought together a team with deep technical knowledge and subject matter expertise to innovate and deploy new technology solutions at a much faster rate.
Stop the Silence®: Stop Child Sexual Abuse is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that was launched in 2002 as part of a nationwide effort to raise awareness of the prevalence of child sexual abuse (CSA). Stop the Silence® is committed to advocacy, prevention and healing with regard to child sexual abuse on an international level. We provide help and resources through awareness, education, prevention, treatment and mitigation.
SNAP is the largest, oldest and most active support group for women and men wounded by religious and institutional authorities (priests, ministers, bishops, deacons, nuns, coaches, teachers, and others).
In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen. For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse. For eighteen years I was not allowed to speak my own name. I became a mother and was forced to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an impossible situation. On August 26, 2009, I took my name back. My name is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I don't think of myself as a victim. I survived. A Stolen Life is my story--in my own words, in my own way, exactly as I remember it. --- The pine cone is a symbol that represents the seed of a new beginning for me. To help facilitate new beginnings, with the support of animal-assisted therapy, the J A Y C Foundation provides support and services for the timely treatment of families recovering from abduction and the aftermath of traumatic experiences--families like my own who need to learn how to heal. In addition, the J A Y C Foundation hopes to facilitate awareness in schools about the important need to care for one another. Our motto is "Just Ask Yourself to . . . Care!" A portion of my proceeds from this memoir will be donated to The J A Y C Foundation Inc. www.thejaycfoundation.org
Stories of mothers who survived sexual abuse as children reveal the struggles, challenges, and triumphs of this special group of women. Unraveling the veil of silence and capturing the experiences of mothers who were sexually abused as children, this book offers a first step in both supporting mothers and disrupting the cycle of intergenerational abuse that keeps these mothers isolated and alone in their mothering challenges and successes. Each story reveals the concerns, the needs, the difficulties, and the fears these mothers confront as they parent their children while struggling with their own past experiences. By examining the therapeutic needs and concerns of mothers who have survived child sexual abuse, Teresa Gil offers special insight into understanding and supporting these remarkable women. At issue is understanding what helps women who were sexually abused as children to survive and to parent effectively. Written for adult mothers who were victims of childhood sexual abuse, as well as for helping professionals, this book reveals the touching details of the pain and triumphs of mothering as a survivor and examines the protective factors that support resiliency and assist survivor/mothers to overcome challenges and to provide safe environments for the next generation.
Focusing on online facilitated child sexual abuse, this book takes a rigorous approach to existing literature to address some of the most pressing public and policy questions surrounding the evolution of online child sexual abuse. The authors provide an unparalleled examination of which children are most vulnerable to this type of abuse, how their vulnerability is made, what they are vulnerable to and how resilience, both human and technical, can be promoted. They also consider the changing nature of child sexual abuse in the digital age and the consequences of this for victims and survivors, as well as for practitioners and policymakers working in prevention and response.
High-profile cases of Child Sexual Exploitation have brought the issue under the spotlight but have also resulted in a reactive approach to service development. This book makes the case for greater use of theoretical perspectives in the development and delivery of strategies in the UK and internationally, helping practitioners to properly understand how CSE arises and how to challenge this abuse.
Child trafficking is widely recognized as one of the critical issues of our day, prompting calls to action at the global, national, and local levels. Yet it is unclear whether the strategies and tools used to counter this exploitation--most of which involve law enforcement and social services--have actually reduced the prevalence of trafficking. In Preventing Child Trafficking, Jonathan Todres and Angela Diaz explore how the public health field can play a comprehensive, integrated role in preventing, identifying, and responding to child trafficking. Describing the depth and breadth of trafficking's impact on children while exploring the limitations in current responses, Todres and Diaz argue that public health frameworks offer important insights into the problem, with detailed chapters on how professionals and organizations can identify and respond effectively to at-risk and trafficked children.
Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is now high on the social care agenda, but what is it? How is it different from other forms of child sexual abuse? This important book puts forward the rarely heard voices of children and young people who have experienced CSE and the professionals who have worked with them to answer these questions. Taking a critical perspective, Hallett also addresses the possibility that further problems might arise from the framing of 'child sexual exploitation', which can have serious implications for the ways that society responds to CSE and to the children and young people caught up in it. Central to the discussion are themes such as youth, childhood, care and power, making for an important sociological contribution to this under-researched field.
200 pages, 153 images, 7 contributors Child Sexual Abuse Assessment provides self-directed exercises that guide readers through the process of identifying documented injuries and developing a plan of action for evidence collection and subsequent medical care unique to each case. Readers will have the opportunity to analyze case histories of child sexual abuse and accompanying photographs of the patients' physical examinations. Features and Benefits: --Portable and convenient -- Authored by nationally recognized experts in forensic nursing -- Ideal for self-directed study or group instruction -- Diverse case histories and full-color exam photos for a broad survey of sexual assault response -- Written for sexual assault examiners at every level of experience, from novice to advanced
The fourth edition of this best-selling reference is a valuable resource to clinicians and child advocates serving children and families affected by suspicions of child sexual abuse. Fully updated and revised by leading experts on child abuse, this resource covers what a complete and comprehensive medical evaluation entails, when to seek an examination, the importance of conducting a medical history, how discrepancies between a child's history and physical findings can be explained, how the child's medical record should be structured, what types of documentation should be expected, and how a medical diagnosis is formulated. To clarify points of diagnosis, 25 illustrations and 142 color photos and case studies are included. NEW TOPICS INCLUDE Telemedicine and the child sexual abuse medical evaluation Human trafficking International issues in child sexual abuse Child pornography and the risks of the Internet Mental health therapy Child Sexual Exploitation: Recognition and Prevention Considerations Enhanced focus on findings that mimic sexual abuse and on developmental considerations Medical Evaluation of Child Sexual Abuse is an invaluable resource for medical professionals, child protection workers, mental health clinicians, investigators, and the courts.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison has always been a fighter--yet as a young teen, no one knew she was also a victim. Combining Kayla's powerful story of sexual abuse by her judo coach with science-based information from two renowned therapists, this unique book provides critical guidance for parents and professionals. Learn how to spot the signs that a child or teen is being groomed, why kids stay silent about their trauma, how they struggle with self-blame and the brutal betrayal of a trusted authority figure, and exactly what kind of help they need to recover. No one is more qualified than Kayla and her expert coauthors to explain the impact of child sexual abuse--and what you can do to keep kids safe.
Why does God hate me? How can I believe in a God who has allowed my suffering? These are just two of the difficult spiritual questions that survivors of child sexual abuse struggle with. In addition, survivors often have mixed feelings about the church because of perceived judgment and indifference, their own shame, or their discomfort with certain aspects of worship. Of the many aftereffects of sexual abuse, spiritual wounds are the least talked about, yet they are central to adult survivors who seek to heal and find faith and meaning in their lives. With grace and gentleness, this book seeks to answer survivors' spiritual questions and address some of the common misconceptions that often develop when young victims attempt to understand what has happened to them.