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  •  People need more help in reporting.... (7+ / 0-)

    Notice how McCready and the others have actually said nothing about how they dealt with the knowledge. But in that vacuum people just invent a lot of stories. It's not a small assumption we are making here.

    A lot of feel-good stories, but little focus on the boys and no focus on how to change our cultural training.

    Insanity is a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world... -R D Laing

    by crazyamerican on Sat Nov 12, 2011 at 06:03:42 AM PST

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    •  This ties in with several downthread comments (1+ / 0-)
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      I grasp the idea of confident kids through martial arts, empowered kids through radKids, and so on. But when do we start these same type of empowering programs for adults, and insisting that statutory reporting codes be adhered to?  In other words, when does the onus fall on us, those who are the advocates, rather than on the child victims? We need help with reporting, when and how to intervene, even defining how to speak about sexual abuse--and we're the adults.

      I keep thinking about a comment from another post who wrote about the answers we want as coming from individuals, and that once we've assigned blame to them, we think of the problem as solved.  Just the opposite of what you are suggesting, which is more of the "it takes a village" approach.  And since I've studied bullying more than sexual abuse, I have to say that I think your approach, involving all of us, is the one I see as more useful. The first method of find and punish solves a specific incident, while educating and engaging all adults works toward solving the issue.

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        But when do we start these same type of empowering programs for adults, and insisting that statutory reporting codes be adhered to?

        Yes! Yes! Yes! When?

        I don't know. There's no funding. I think, like you say, once blame is assigned, we're done.

        Stop It Now has local chapters. Ours here in Minnesota has zero funding for several years. National Stop It Now has a little money but mostly seem to run their web site and keep an office. It seems a terrible mistake. If you don't know, they (and some other organizations) have for a long time firmly advocated targeting adults for education, not children (like "Good touch, bad touch".

        As we say.... "Why as children to talk about something we adults can't and won't." Makes little sense. Like I said below, some research says child focused primary prevention doesn't work well.

        Insanity is a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world... -R D Laing

        by crazyamerican on Sat Nov 12, 2011 at 09:33:28 PM PST

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