A Dark Room

By Tamara Chamberlain The light switch goes off. It’s dark. I can hardly make out shapes and objects. All I have to do is wait. Sit frozen and wait until I can start to see again. Just a small wait in the dark and things start to become a little more clear, a little more Read More…

Healing From Sexual Abuse

The following is an excerpt from an L.D.S. talk given by Chieko N. Okazaki entitled, “Healing From Sexual Abuse.” To read the complete talk, go to http://www.byub.org/talks/Talk.aspx?id=1136. “Sexual abuse is a problem for all of us, both men and women, whether we have experienced it personally or not. The most conservative statistic I have heard Read More…

A Poor Marriage Risk

Author Unknown Picture, if you will, a lovely couple as they kneel at the altar in the temple, their hearts pounding with excitement as they hold each other by the right hand and listen as the officiator marries them for time and all eternity. Thereafter, they softly tell each other of their enduring love in Read More…

Why Some Women Stay

This is a powerful perspective on why some women stay, at least for a while, with a verbal abuser. Of course, there are other reasons; most commonly, it is to protect the children from being alone with a rager. The story that follows adds so much to understanding the fear people feel in the presence Read More…

Child’s Safety Plan

(Taken from UDVC Live Basic DV Training, Family Dynamics) When people are fighting remember to be SAFE: Stay out of the fight Ask for help Find an adult who will help you Everyone knows it is not your fault What can I do to be safe? Where can I go to be safe? These are Read More…

Kid Safety Tips

  Some Tips for Keeping Kids Safe   By Lisa W. Shepherd As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, I have thought a lot about what could have perhaps been done to prevent what happened to me and also what might have helped me tell someone sooner. My abuse happened when I was quite young, Read More…

Signs & Symptoms

Signs and Symptoms of Physical Child Abuse: bite marks, cuts, bruises, welts in the shape of an object, resistance to going home, fear of adults, defense wounds. apathy, depression, difficulty concentrating. Some Signs of Neglect: wearing clothing unsuited to weather, being dirty or unbathed, extreme hunger, apparent lack of supervision. Signs and Symptoms of Child Read More…