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Dangerous Beliefs

Jul 22, 2015

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I recently read an article written by a child advocacy professional addressing sexual abuse prevention. This statement caused me to pause: "Most parents or guardians believe their child will tell them if they are being abused." It seems like an understandable and rather obvious belief. As it turns out, however, this belief is a very wrong and very dangerous assumption...

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The Duggars minimize their son’s sexual abuse of 5 young girls, some of it committed against their very own daughters, as “a teenage mistake.” Leaving the gas tank empty in the family car is a teenage mistake. Hosting a raucous party when parents are out of town is a teenage mistake. The sexual abuse of a child is not a mistake—it is a crime—a reportable crime that necessitates intervention.

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Although we know that human suffering exists all around us, it seems that it is a human connection that increases our willingness and ability to allow that suffering to have meaning. When we connect a story and the face of someone we know and value to the suffering it takes on a profound and often urgent meaning...

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