Sexual Abuse Reflection

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On Thursday, September 17, 2015, I attended one of the Child Abuse Services Team (CAST) Educational Program workshops. The topic of the training workshop was Taking Responsibility: We Can Prevent Child Sexual Abuse spoken by Joelle Casteix who is an advocate of child sexual abuse prevention. I would like to address some of the information I have learned through this workshop in regard to child sexual abuse. One of the first statements Joelle mentioned was that child sexual abuse has nothing to do with sex and the victim of sexual abuse is never to blame for the assault. Predator “grooms” victim by targeting “weak” or “compliant” child and those with low self-esteem. Although victim feels confused, she does not tell about the experience because …show more content…
First one was the communication between parents and the child. She emphasized to not be afraid to ask and keep calm manner when child brings up the signs of child sexual abuse. Joelle also recommended parents to be open and transparent with the subject, especially with older child, be frank about sexuality, name body parts during shower with younger child, and teach older child how to make a report. Second preventive strategy was to set strong body boundary. Parents need to provide safe boundary to their child since birth. And, as the child grows, parents should not force their child to give a hug or kiss anyone to teach her to respect her body. Third preventive strategy was to check technology. Joelle stated that grooming is easier with technology. It is important to monitor child’s use of technology and set specific rules at home such as no technology devices in bed or behind the door. Last strategy was to trust own instinct as parent. Joelle stated that the parents suspect and examine further if something looks wrong, seems wrong, and feels …show more content…
It was a 3-hour training workshop facilitated by two Registered safeTALK Trainers, Minh-Ha Pham and David Gould, and at the end of this training, I have received the certificate as a Suicide Alert Helper. Minh-Ha and David organized the training step by step and discussed about safeTALK (T is to “tell” as a person with suicide thoughts, A is to “ask” about suicide as a person who wants to help, L is to “listen,” and K is to “keepSafe” by reaching more professional personnel to get additional help. Minh-Ha and David took turns to speak about signs of suicidal thoughts, which include sudden change in behavior or mood, withdrawal, no sense of purpose, feeling of hopelessness, and more. Also, they stated that there is a high probability that the person with suicide thought has told about suicide at least once in one way or another, whether it was direct or indirect. Once signs of suicide thought or “invitations” are noticed, then the next step is to ask about suicide in an open and direct way such as, “Are you thinking about suicide?” Minh-Ha recommended the attendees to show concern before asking about suicide (i.e., I am very concerned about you). She addressed that asking about suicide does not cause the person to have suicide thoughts, which is one of the inaccurate myths. It is more of our anxiety to ask about private and deep question to

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