“Words that enlighten the soul are more precious than jewels.” Inayat Khan
If you Google, Boston Strong, One Fund earnings, you get an amazing amount of information about countless people and organizations who are still actively engaged in raising funds for the victims and survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing that took place last year. That to me is simply incredible. There are wonderful examples of people and business organizations showing compassion and caring for others, and they still want to raise more money to help those impacted by the horror of that day.
The news media, politicians and others have been nonstop for the past week speaking out about that painful day. Again, I think this is commendable….my thoughts and questions regarding this outpouring of gift-giving and empathy has me wondering why this same level of love and generosity cannot transcend into the areas of child abuse and other forms of violence and terror that affect people on a daily basis. People living in the city of Boston have lost all kinds of loved ones to horrible crimes of violence. The child who is being subjugated to a daily regimen of abuse, whether it is physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, neglect, etc, does not get the same level of support that is being given to the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing. Why? Why does society overlook the other victims of crimes and terror that takes place everyday? How can we change this paradigm? When will we hear a President, a Vice President, a mayor, senators, congress officials, etc, hold press conferences and come to events to speak out for the victims of child abuse? When will they hold a press conference and promote an agenda to help those impacted by crimes of violence in neighborhoods that cripple and hurt people every single day? When will the news media decide that these forms of violence, terror and abuse deserve the same level of dedicated coverage to bring this to another level of awareness? When will we see these leaders and journalists push for a campaign to help promote the good will generated by the Boston One Fund example and spread it Nationwide and then Worldwide to help all of those impacted by violence and terror? Before I leave this earth I hope that I do come to see these things take place….
Your thoughts and ideas…..???? please let me know…
Half Of Young Men Sexually Coerced – Huffington Post Live – Originally aired on April 18, 2014 22:10 minutes long Hosted by: Ricky Camilleri – archived
A new study has found that 43% of young men say they’ve had an unwanted sexual experience and, in most cases, the sexual coercion was perpetrated by a woman. So is there enough help out there for men who are victims of sexual assault?
- Guests: Bryana French (Columbia, MO) Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Missouri
- Dr. Howard Fradkin @DrHFradkin (Columbus, OH) Psychologist, Co-Chair MaleSurvivor Weekends of Recovery, Author of “Joining Forces: Empowering Male Survivors to Thrive”
- Michael Skinner @MichaelSkinne11 (Goffstown, NH) President of Michael Skinner Music; Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse www.mskinnermusic.com
- Cory George @IamCoryGeorge (Washington, DC) Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse; Advocate for Victims of Sexual Abuse
The month of April is dedicated to awareness of child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, autism and many other important concerns. This April issue of the Surviving Spirit newsletter shares some great information and resources that touch upon some of these vital concerns. So much information to share and not enough space….
“I would not exchange the laughter of my heart for the fortunes of the multitudes; nor would I be content with converting my tears…into calm. It is my fervent hope that my whole life on this earth will ever be tears and laughter.” Kahlil Gibran