It may be a shock to many, but yes, sexual exploitation by church workers actually happens. According toLinda K. Oxford, LMFT, “Many churches naively assume that their church is a safe haven where abuse and exploitation of vulnerable others would never take place. Until it does.” No matter how hard the church covers up for the wrong acts of their priests, ministers, and other workers, the truth will still find its way out.
There are many issues nowadays about church workers who sexually abuse kids, and often the abuse takes place right in the house of worship. “There are a lot of myths and misperceptions right now,” saysBill Mochon, PsyD, a Los Angeles psychologist who facilitates group sessions for priests. There has been news about these things in the past, but after a day or two, the reports would die down.
But for a person who has heard it, and somehow believed it, how can he listen to a pastor or a parish priest’s message after hearing news about their dreadful sexual corruption of children? Plus the sad truth is that the higher-ups are covering these issues so not to ruin the image of the church.
This sexually abusing of children happens not only in the U.S. but around the world. For some, justice has been delivered, but for many, they are still at loss as to what will happen to their cases. What morality are we going to teach our kids especially those who are victims of abuse if justice will not be served to them? Continue reading Keeping The Faith According To A Therapist
According toMelissa Goldberg, PsyD, “Recent reports highlight the alarming prevalence of child sexual abuse.” It is hard for a sexually abused child to open up about her bad experience, whether to her parent, her sibling, or her friend. There is fear that no one will believe her, especially if the perpetrator is manipulating her. According toJessica Lang, LMFT, “The #1 reason children do not disclose ongoing sexual abuse is fear! They are afraid they wont be believed, that they or you will be harmed, or they will be blamed for the abuse.” Sometimes, she doesn’t want to create misunderstanding if the person who did the wrong thing to her is close to the family or a member of the family.
It takes a lot of courage on the child’s part before she can really say something or even give a hint that something bad had happened or keeps on happening to her.
There are quite a number of passages in the Bible about how a parent-child relationship should be. One is that a child should obey his parents for it is the right thing to do. In fact, this is the first commandment with a promise added to it, a promise of a prosperous and long life.
Parents are willing to do and sacrifice just about anything to ensure the wellness of their children. They work hard to be able to secure their children’s future. But not all parents have the luxury of time to spend with their children. Some need to be elsewhere to make a living.
The 3 Important Concerns Parents Have About Online Grooming Addressed
For every bright side of a particular innovation, there’s always a dark side. The internet may be a vast source of almost anything; it can also be a dangerous place for our children. According to Michael Nuccitelli, PsyD, “With the advent of the Internet, a new environment now exists for the cyberstalkers and online predator.” In it, people can assume fake names, put in pictures in their profiles that are not theirs and adopt counterfeit personalities all to victimize someone, most likely children. Assuming a false identity online with the intent of sexually abusing a minor is commonly known as online grooming.
Marion and his younger sister came from a well-to-do family. Marion had the typical American life complete with the white picket fence and the dog. Both his parents worked in the local government, attended church and were very involved in their children’s school. So it was a shock to everyone in the community when news about Marion’s abuse came out. Turned out, the father had a mean streak and would take it on his children.
A good-looking 16-year-old gifted with a beautiful voice and athletic skills, Brianne’s future looked as bright as the sun. But some of the girls in her school think otherwise. Spurned by jealousy of her popularity, they antagonized her by leaving mean notes inside her locker and nastily telling her she had no future.
Parents only want the best for their kids. Parents thought they need to discipline their children to be good and responsible strictly. Disciplining is good, but sometimes the method of disciplining their kids are not the right and effective one. According to Ron Huxley, LMFT, “Discipline is about teaching or guiding children in the right direction so that they can be responsible people.”