Child Abuse Survivors

By Mike McBride | Created for abuse survivors by a fellow survivor.

Link - Olympic Gold: Child Abuse and Strong Families

Three very different, famous, stories, and only one bottom line:<p>Bottom line: Open communication and shared love in a family make a difference when …

Child Abuse

Link - Zero suicide - is it achievable?

It might be impossible to get to zero, but the UK needs to do something, the current numbers are staggering.<p>Figures from the Samaritans show 6,188 …

Australia

Link - Effective Messages to Fight Stigma

This is why, if you can, its important to tell your story.<p>Researchers, led by Emma McGinty, Ph.D., M.S., with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of …

Mental Disorders

Link - Female paedophiles more prevalent than conviction rates suggest, leading forensic psychologist says

I’ve said it before, there is no “type” of person who sexually abuses children, nor a “type” they are always safe with, and that includes adult …

Psychology

Link - Never Be Ashamed of Seeking Help

I love this description of therapy because this is what it really is –<p>If it wasn’t for a close friend of mine that encouraged the idea of therapy. I …

Emotions

Link - What I Learned from Being a Target of Internet Hate at Age 13

This is, sadly, all too common, the inability to see people online who disagree with us as real, living people. We see it when we bully people we …

Internet

Link - Why Positive Thinking Can Stop Your Healing from Childhood

This article makes some interesting points, which I’m going to oversimplify with this quote, so please go read the whole thing –<p>“Positive thinking – …

Positive Thinking

The Statistics Are Real People

I’ve said before that given the statistics about child sexual abuse, there’s almost no way you don’t know someone who has been abused.<p>Over the last …

Child Abuse

Link - New Online Course Helps People Who May Have Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

If you think you may be suffering from PTSD or just want to learn more about it, this program might interest you.<p>In recognition of Veterans Day, NAMI …

Veterans Day

Who can I talk to about my depression?

Depression can make you feel like no one cares or will ever understand how you’re feeling. It tells you you’re wrong for feeling the way you do and …

Link - Depression not a single disease: experts

They may be on to something –<p>“A group of international psychologists have challenged the classification of ‘major depression’ and argue it would be …

Depression

Link - The Truth About Fake Health News

This goes double, triple, maybe more, for mental health news and studies.<p>In today’s New York Times, Emily Parker writes about something that we all …

Viral

Link - The Most Unrealistic Expectation of Them All

This post isn’t necessarily about abuse survivors, but I think it applies. Healing from abuse is similar, there are good days and then there are not …

Health

Link - Why I Want People To Stop Mentioning My Suicide Attempt

This is important if someone you know has survived an attempt, or is even going through struggles with their mental health:<p>I love that you love me. I …

Mental Health

Reviews Elsewhere - 7 Top Books That Will Help You Heal Trauma

Sandra Pawula has a few things to say about trauma, and recommends 7 books she has used to help understand trauma and how to heal from it, you should …

Books

Kevin Spacey and Why People Don’t Come Forward

I’m sure by now that you’ve head the accusations made by actor Anthony Rapp against Kevin Spacey that involve Spacey attempting to sleep with a then …

Kevin Spacey

Link - UK expert speaks on why focus should be on preventing child abuse, not just punishing offenders

This interview is a very interesting read to anyone who is interested in seeing child abuse as a public health problem and trying to find …

Child Abuse

Link - Lost in the Mix: The Voice of the Families of Adolescents Who Have Abused

This is something we haven’t even begun to understand, because we don’t want to, but I’m not sure that’s a good idea.<p>Let’s face it: Even a quick scan …

The Voice

Link - Some Parentified Kids Grow Up to Be Compulsive Caretakers

This is an under-reported, and clearly understudied form of abuse, growing up in a house and having to be the parent, but it is something that we …

University of Louisville

Link - Why I'm OK with taking mental health meds for the rest of my life

This is a completely valid question:<p>“No one would question the need of a diabetic who needs lifelong insulin, or of someone with epilepsy who relies …

Health

Link - Pushing the Limit, by Alexandra Starr

This is a really good, lengthy, look into the issue of sexual abuse in Olympic Sports. While this story is about the US Olympic committee, we’re …

Hot Air Balloons

Link - How Childhood Abuse Becomes Self-Abuse

This is a fairly good description of what happens in an abusive childhood, and why some struggle to see themselves in a healthy and proper way.<p>At …

Family

Link - FA abuse inquiry chief receives counselling after hearing victims' stories

This should tell you a bit about how difficult this kind of work is.<p>The man leading the independent investigation into historical child sex abuse in …

Child Abuse

Sexual Harassment and Assault in the Tech and Entertainment Industries

This topic has been in the news since the revelations and accusations about Harvey Weinstein went public a few weeks back. At the time, I had a …

Robert Scoble

Link - Male rape victim tells his story: 'My abuse happened within my family'

As always, a story of a man dealing with sexual abuse, catches my eyes, but Aaron’s story highlights one important thing, with the right help, we can …

Empathy

November 18 - International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

It’s a day where people who’ve suffered loss due to suicide can get together, organized by the AFSP.<p>From their website:<p>Survivor Day is the one day a …

Empathy

Link - Coping with Stress is Essential for Recovery

This is as true for those of us dealing with mental health, or abuse recovery as well. The healing process gets completely disrupted when we are n’t …

Flee
Health

Link - How 'MeToo' is exposing the scale of sexual abuse

I’m glad this is allowing some to share, and that we are even seeing male victims share their stories. On the other hand, it’s unfortunate that there …

Feminism