ANNOUNCING: “Speak Up” Campaign Launches in New Zealand to End Child Sexual Abuse

ANNOUNCING: “Speak Up” Campaign Launches in New Zealand to End Child Sexual Abuse

New Zealand has some of the world’s highest rates of child sexual abuse with one in three New Zealand girls and one in seven boys at risk of being sexually abused. Speak Up – Stop the Silence®, a Campaign to End Child Sexual Abuse in New Zealand, launched today through a partnership between Stop the Silence®, a non-profit organization in the United States, and Trust MYRIVR, a New Zealand-based non-profit that conceptualized and promotes awareness of New Zealand’s largest app directory of health and social service providers.

How To Make Spaces Safe For Children To Share Sexual Abuse

How To Make Spaces Safe For Children To Share Sexual Abuse

What is our moral obligation to share our stories of sexual abuse? What is our obligation of others to protect future children? It is easier to say nothing, or do so quietly, involving as few people as possible. This is what many families do. Yet still we must ask: Where are the witnesses to these crimes? Who is bearing witness? And why don’t they speak up? It has been my experience that silence is imposed from above, and or, internalized. And what lies underneath the silence are complex relationships—typically family relationships— because children are most often sexually abused by someone they know. 

What if Junot Diaz Kept His Mask On? Addressing the scars of child sexual abuse and the residue of shame and secrets

What if Junot Diaz Kept His Mask On? Addressing the scars of child sexual abuse and the residue of shame and secrets

I was saddened to hear Junot Diaz’s story of child sexual abuse and then upset to hear that he was called out in person for sexual misconduct at the Sydney Writers’ Festival event. I was dismayed to hear that he had withdrawn from the rest of the festival following the accusations of “inappropriate and aggressive” harassment.