Topic: Parenting Inspiration
We’ve been hearing about sexual abuse in the news a lot these days, but to hear it from a survivor who has turned it into her cause is inspiring and gives us faith in humanity. Having grown up in poverty and suffering sexual abuse at the hands of a family member, Dr. Hernandez is on a mission to stop it from happening to her kids and yours. Our conversation includes…
Empowering your children’s independence without coddling them.
Why parents are misreading the data when they only warn their kids about talking to STRANGERS.
How an abused child becomes more susceptible to further abuse.
How The Brady Bunch saved Dr. Hernandez.
Why parents should know where their kids are and what they’re doing.
Why Angelica thought her Elite School colleagues said she was “East of Money”.
Fighting the good fight and turning your worst nightmare into your life’s cause.
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The Daily Beast website tweeted a #MeToo photo illustration that accompanied a column about sexual assault and harassment. #MeToo has gone viral on social media. (The Daily Beast)
Out of the 100 or so messages of support for participating in the #metoo social media campaign, this is what I received in a message from a cousin’s ex-wife of about 25 years, I have not spoken to her or seen her in about that many years. (All text is verbateum, however, I removed the last name she included in the text.)
When the cycle of abuse creates victims that become perpetrators who is there to help heal their guilt and shame? Do you think that just because that unspeakable act occurred that these young boy perpetrators were not bullied by an older male sociopath relative to participate?? I do not know all your details just as you don’t know mine. Was there no other way to confront this issue without this public humiliation? Actually victor doesn’t even have Facebook so its just passing that guilt and shame onto the family when they see this. And honestly did you ever talk to Victor. Maybe he would be able to admit his wrongdoings at this time and apologize and maybe work with you towards a healing plan. A plan to break the cycle.
This is similar to Victimizing the victim. Just how you felt when people asked you why you let this continue to happen right? When ignorant people said “why didnt you tell your mother?” Or “why didnt you just say no and run away?”
I say this from my own wounded heart as you know some of the path I have endured as well. However I chose to not continuously be the victim. Many years ago I once again confronted my abuser straight on. I was expecting a denial just has he had denied for many years. But this day he actually apologized. He was sincere and extremely shameful. And I thought that would help me heal ….but it just felt hollow. Because I realized that my entire family had generation after generation of this cycle. I chose not to call out his siblings for not intervening. But it is out there. Not on Facebook because this is not the media I would ever chose to enhance a family healing plan. This is public knowledge in my family but not on social media.
If you truly wanted to help this cycle end you would realize that its far bigger than just being a victim. Generation after generation has ignored this shit. Its maddening. And I applaud your “in your face attitude” but this appears to be selective shame. I have never seen a post that publicly shames your own mother that let this abuse carry on And do not even begin to tell me that she didnt know. She knew. Because it happened to her I bet as well. If you want to believe that she didnt know then thats your choice but then why didnt she protect you. Why didnt the main people that should have been protecting us shield us from this harm??Dont you see?? The whole family needs to work towards the healing to break the cycle. This is shaming the entire family not Victor. Its hurtful but if you truly think that this heals you then so be it.”
There is no stereotypical predator. They don’t reveal themselves as different. In fact, they blend in with us all. They are moms, dads, coaches, priests, daycare workers, police officers and teachers. We would be naïve to believe that sexual predators are only male or that they belong to a certain class and or race.
A pedophilia does not discriminate by class, race, gender or age. There is no demarcation between “elite private school in Brentwood” and an inner-city public school. Sexual predators find ways to have access to children. They are often in a role of trust; we believe our children are safe at school, practice, band or church. This is clearly an assumption.
Should we have been talking about this before now? “Yes. “ We have to be proactive as parents and community members. We have to help our kids navigate a world that includes predation, online, live, in public and private spaces. There is no need to terrorize our children, but to believe they cannot handle the conversation is negligent on our part as parents. Our children are vulnerable. Help them notice when something does not seem or feel right. Remind them to stay attuned to their body. Make sure you as a parent are approachable. Tell them that there is nothing you can’t handle. Let them know that they can tell you anything. Repeat this over and over until they believe you.
This is a great opportunity to talk to your kids about being safe, travel in pairs and always let someone know where you are going and where you will be. Remember, that a young high school student on a college campus for orientation, academic or sports programs will be exposed to college students and college life. This means they may be confronted with drugs, alcohol and or being invited to parties they have no business going to. This applies as well to adult and or teenage counselors with young children. Remind your kids that they should always be in groups with their peers. No safe adult is going to ask to be alone with a child, for any reason.
Always go to the bathroom, back to your cabin with a friend(s)
Stay in groups when wondering the college campus or field trips
Don’t go anywhere alone with an adult or counselor (unless it is an emergency, injury etc.)