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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
The ultimate goal of SHIELD Task Force is to end child abuse in West Virginia. When we were choosing our name, we put a lot of thought into what that entails. How, practically, do you put an end to something as pervasive as child abuse?
SHIELD is an acronym for our answer. What we do is in our name: See, Hear, Intervene, Empower, Learn, Defend.Read More
It's long been accepted that we don’t just get over trauma. Those who have been abused, molested, and/or neglected don’t just get over it. Even if the perpetrator is behind bars, it’s not over. Many times, the trauma sets up triggers that keep victims stuck in survival mode. Fight. Flight. Freeze.Read More