I was just speaking to my husband about the need for children to be educated and given coping skills for abuse.
I remember this last summer when my granddaughter who was going to visit her non-custodial father was concerned that she would be spending time with her father's parents who would be abusive to each other in front of her. She wanted to know what to do?
It was funny my other two grandsons, who had been abused also (by their now incarcerated father), told her to go play video games and just ignore it.
I told her no, don't ever ignore someone being abusive. I told her first always be safe but if she thought she could to say out loud, ""you're scaring me, stop it." Then my daughter called and spoke to her ex and we made sure she had a cell phone and spoke to her several times a day.
It made me think, How many children now, have actually witnessed or been exposed to abuse. So many it needs to be taught about in the schools. Maybe we can effect change the same way we effected change about the health risks of smoking.
I know an author who has done and excellent book on sexual abuse called, "My Body Belongs to Me." In the book she makes the child into a hero for telling. She does it in a very nice way, not embarrassing. She used an Uncle's friend as an example.
Jill Starishevsky Author, My Body Belongs to Me
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My question is how do we educate the kids when it's their parent or grandparent. We need to speak up and not be silent anymore.
Is it possible to get this introduced into the school curriculum?
I thought of a series of books teaching children coping skills. They could be in school libraries. Does anyone know who produces such books? I was wondering about one's used by Police Officer's and DA's office's or child advocacy groups.
Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.