What They Don't Tell You About PTSD

What They Don't Tell You About PTSD

PTSD. They give you a textbook definition of it — hypervigilance, nightmares, flashbacks, etc. — but they never really tell you how it feels. They never tell you the reality of the disorder. They never tell you the ins and outs of how these symptoms play out in the real world. As a survivor and a therapist, these are the things I have learned about PTSD. These are the things that no one ever tells you is “normal” for survivors.

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We Are Survivors

We Are Survivors

Unfortunately, child sexual abuse happens, and it happens a lot. I often hear individuals say that they “can’t believe something like that could happen” to their child or to their siblings or a friend. But it does happen. It happens every day. Not just to “those people,” but to people in all walks of life. It could be anyone. It happened to me.

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5 Unexpected Things Children Experience After Abuse

5 Unexpected Things Children Experience After Abuse

Many people fail to realize that once a child has been removed from an abusive environment and is considered safe, they still have a long road of recovery ahead of them.

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10 Ways Your Church Can Support Abuse Survivors

10 Ways Your Church Can Support Abuse Survivors

Protecting children must not be a niche ministry, or an add-on, or a box we have to check for legal purposes. Child protection is an urgent, sacred calling with eternal stakes. What we do for the least of these, we do for Christ.

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What to Do About Defiance: Using Levels of Response to Connect

What to Do About Defiance: Using Levels of Response to Connect

As parents, we are often tempted to go after a gnat with an elephant gun. We have a giant response to a little behavior. Or we try a “one and done” approach. We think if we are angry or loud enough, the child will never engage in that sort of behavior again. Neither of these tools is effective in parenting kids who have had trauma.

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5 Ways to Raise Awareness During Child Abuse Prevention Month

5 Ways to Raise Awareness During Child Abuse Prevention Month

National Child Abuse Prevention Month is observed every April across the United States. If you’re wondering how you can contribute to this important cause, here are five practical suggestions.

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What Happens After a Child Sexual Abuse or Assault Disclosure?

What Happens After a Child Sexual Abuse or Assault Disclosure?

If you or someone you love has been the victim of sexual assault or child sexual abuse, you may be wondering what happens after you disclose the abuse to law enforcement. That’s what this article will explore.

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