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Safety of our children

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This message will be short.  With Mother’s Day just past and Father’s Day coming, I felt the need to comment on the safety of our children.

Are you as frustrated and angry as I am when I read the newspaper or hear on the news that another child has been abused, neglected, or lost?  Nothing hurts as much as knowing a child has been injured in any way by a vicious adult.

Don’t be naive when it comes to children–to think that telling children not to go with strangers, not to talk to strangers, or similar familiar warnings is going to keep them safe.  Don’t be mistaken that a youngster will actually be able to withstand the draw of a charming stranger, even if this child answers all your questions correctly about not talking or going with strangers.

Until children have the capacity to discern danger and the ability to take cautionary measures against such danger, they cannot protect themselves or even evade a sinister person.  You have to be there to see to their safety.  Some children may have this ability by age 10, some not quite so young.

I refer all parents to one of my favorite authors, Gavin De Becker.  He wrote a wonderful book about the need to be diligent regarding the safety of our children - Protecting the Gift–Keeping Children and Teenagers Safe (and Parents Sane).  This book will help give you insight in protecting your child.  Also, please visit the www.WPSN.net section on safety for our children for more information.

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May 16th, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Rape, Sexual Assault, & Domestic Violence Resources

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WPSN.net is a clearing house of information aimed at reducing the risk of being victimized.  But sometimes no matter how well you think you are prepared and judicious in securing your safety, bad things may happen.  Victims of rape & sexual assault as well as domestic & dating violence may find themselves bewildered as to how this horrible thing happen to them, what to do now, how to leave, whether to report, etc.  This list can be endless for a varity of reasons. 

Victims of these crimes are petrified, feel alienated from friends and family, may be scared to leave because they have no means of financial support, fear staying and leaving in equal measures, need to support children, don’t know where to go even if they do leave, hold tremendous guilt or responbility for the crime that victimized them, and, ultimately, feel hopeless.  As friends or family members of a victim, sometimes the best we can do is give the victim resources she or he may use to move foreward–and our actions must be immediate. 

For this reason, I feel it is very important to post this list of phone numbers and websites that you, as a friend, acquaintance, or family member, can provide.   There may be even more resources in your state, your county, or your city, that are available to victims of rape, sexual assault, and domestic violence, such as crisis centers or safe houses.  This list is a good beginning.  Please visit www.WPSN.net for more information in reducing your risk of becoming victimized.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), 1-800-787-3224 TTY, or www.ndvh.org

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence [NCADV] - 303-839-1852, www.ncadv.org

National Sexual Violence Resource Center -717-909-0710, www.nsvrc.org

NCADV Public Policy Office; 1633 Q St NW # 210 · Washington, DC 20009; (202) 745-1211; Fax: (202) 745-0088, publicpolicy@ncadv.org

Face to Face, 800-842-4546, www.facetofacesurgery.org works with NCADV (see above) to help victims of domestic violence with facial injuries.

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January 31st, 2010 at 12:24 pm