© Michelle Chan
[Warning: This may be especially triggering to those who have experienced sexual assault/abuse or to those who have loved ones experience trauma.]
Ever read the news about a child having been sexually assaulted/abused and thought, "That's never going to happen to my child(ren)!" How can you be so certain? Do you plan on never letting your child out of your sight? Or what about hearing stories of adults who spoke about having been sexually assaulted as a child/teen?
Abuse is one of those topics that is uncomfortable for many to even think, much less talk, about. Which means discussions about sexual abuse, especially regarding children, is that much more difficult to bring up. But we must!
© Michelle Chan
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence and dating violence are important topics that need to be discussed, for it is something that typically happens behind closed doors, and has the potential to be passed on for generations. Upon hearing the words "domestic violence," the first thoughts most,people conjure up is that it involves a physical act (e.g. punching, kicking, slapping, etc.). But did you know that domestic violence can occur in many forms, many of which don't require any physical contact at all?!
Have you ever heard someone say a questionable comment to another person (i.e. friend, sibling, family member, coworker), and then followed it up with a chuckle and a "I'm just kidding"? Does ending the statement with that EVER cancel out the hurt and pain of what was said?