Warning: I talk about sexual abuse in this episode. But it's important. Take a break if you need to. Feel your butt in your chair, when you need to. Wiggle your toes. Press pause, but come back.
Statistics for childhood sexual abuse are abysmal, with some stats reporting 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 8 boys under the age of 18 experiencing childhood sexual abuse. Stats like that are enough to bring on a sense of powerlessness in the face of an epidemic like that; it's little wonder why it's one of the top concerns mothers have. But we are far more powerful than we realize to influence the prevalence of this experience. I'm on a mission to help women and mothers (and anyone who cares for children) realize just how powerful and influential they actually are to create the kind of environment in which this experience is far less likely to happen. Like all of what we do; it starts with us. It puts the power back in our hands to act and to act effectively. Listen until the end of this episode for a special call-out to hear from women and moms like me, who want to know what makes a child vulnerable to this experience and what makes the experience far less likely.
Resources mentioned in the podcast
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Sources mentioned in the episode
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) - https://www.rainn.org/
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari - https://www.ynharari.com/book/sapiens/
Marked for Mayhem (article on what people look for in others to determine who they’ll target): https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/articles/200901/marked-mayhem
Believed (NPR podcast) - https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510326/believed?t=1552561481048