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Darkness to Light's Stewards of Children

Apr 21 2014

As a retired licensed marriage and family therapist, I thought I was pretty well-versed in the prevention field.  I had worked in the field of prevention for a long time. I had been involved in both child abuse prevention and substance abuse prevention.  But I learned a lot from my recent training at the Southwest Family Advocacy Center. It included survivor stories, expert advice and practical guidance for preventing child sexual abuse. About 1 in 10 children experience child sexual abuse before their 18th birthday.  We are horrified by this statistic, but there is something we can do. (No youth environment, race, religion or economic class is exempt.) This program can help empower us to do more to protect our precious children. Check out the website The workbook and training are excellent.

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dr janice
dr janice  This is a great post about a critical topic, Carol. There is another similar topic that affects or will affect us all in one way or the other. I have had the opportunity to have loved ones in two separate nursing homes in two different states in the past year. It's not just the nursing homes that must take extreme care not to manifest elder abuse. It's all around us--- in every aspect of our lives and the lives of our elders whom we love. There are so many different kinds of elder abuse---ranging from verbal to physical to financial. As our population ages, I expect that this is going to be a huge problem that will rank right up there with child abuse. Both are equally abhorrent and disgusting. Thanks for this post, Carol! Dr. Janice
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sraquababe  Dr. Janice, Sorry this took so long, but I appreciate your reading my blog. I agree about elder abuse being a huge problem, only to grow worse I'm afraid. Carol
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Rachel  Thank you so much for sharing this information. I believe each of us has the ability to make a difference in the life of a child and that it begins with increasing our awareness of the world around us and the resources available to help educate us on what to look for and how to respond.
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dr janice
dr janice  I am so concerned about elder abuse... both in and out of nursing homes. If there is anyone reading this who has had direct or indirect experience with elder abuse-- please speak out? Carol has started an excellent thread here-- child abuse. Elder abuse is what happens at or near the end of life. Both are so beyond hideous that we really need to speak up for our children and our seniors. if we remain silent, who will speak for us?
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Meet Carol

You might say Carol is constantly on the go. She lives in the West Valley, plays golf, practices yoga, acts in local plays, and volunteers at the Southwest Family Advocacy Center. She loves to travel, and still maintains her license in marriage and family therapy.

For Carol, the key is staying active.

“I think we get old because we stop moving. We don’t stop moving because we get old,” says Carol. Today, Carol teaches a water fitness class and works out for two hours every other day.

“I am rewarded by the stories that come back, the people who say that movement is easier for them now, that they are more flexible or they sleep better at night,” says Carol.

Carol also connects to her community by participating in a neighborhood card group and joining clubs. She misses her family in the Midwest, but encourages others to “take a little risk. Because you need to take a risk if you are going to try something new.”

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