no longer silenced movement

Empowering Child Abuse Survivors and Promoting Awareness

Month: March, 2014

The Past 2 Weeks

Sorry everyone for not posting for over 2 weeks!!! I wasn’t feeling well, or eating well, and functioning was really difficult, therefore I needed a break, but I plan on making up for it!

 

The Difference Makers program I mentioned previously is underway, and our team’s working diligently to present our project effectively and hopefully earn funding to hold the NoLo Movements first out of state event! Our first step in the judging process will be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 28th, and if selected we’ll continue onto the preliminary challenge on April 4th. We hope our project brings light to the prevalent problem of child abuse in America, and provide healthy and effective ways to give and receive help.

 

A Belated Happy Birthday to our founder Nicolette, who strives to empower survivors and make a difference in the lives of others!!! Your compassion and selflessness shows in all the accomplishments of the No Longer Silenced Movement today, so wish her a happy belated birthday!

 

I will catch up with comments and acknowledging followers support this week, your generosity never goes unnoticed.

 

One quick fact we can take away from today is to remember that child abuse knows no race, gender, or income; it’s across all socioeconomic levels. Many times we judge specific parents, or expect children to appear grungy with burns covering their skin. We must remember to not judge, listen whenever possible, and be trustworthy. If a child can trust you, they’ll be honest with you, and you can help them to break their silence.

 

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“You will find …

“You will find that it is necessary to let things go; simply for the reason that they are heavy. So let them go, let go of them. I tie no weights to my ankles.”

-C. Joybell C.

Life after abuse doesn’t make pain go away. There’s always questions about why a person did this, why it happened to you, why are you still experiencing emotional pain…The truth is the emotional aspects of a traumatic childhood never go away, but in order to move on, we must lose our sense of revenge and hatred.

It’s such a difficult thing to do, to let go of such awful abuse, but it’s how we can better our lives. The greatest thing you can do for yourself, is tell yourself every day, to a mirror, in a journal, in your head before you go to sleep “It’s not my fault, I did nothing wrong, I will accomplish my dreams by working hard, and overcoming my past”.

Always love yourself, more than you hate somebody else, don’t let the term “disadvantaged youth” control your life…show the world you can do it, no matter the obstacles you’ll need to overcome on the way.

Difference Makers Idea Challenge & Kicking Out Child Abuse

difference makers

Months ago, the idea of a 1 day soccer tournament to benefit child abuse awareness and empower survivors came into play. A sport gives a child a fun activity to be passionate about, even  when they feel alone, and their loved ones are against them. Soccer is simple because it requires little equipment to practice, great for a child who needs a hobby that they can even do alone if they have to, practice kicks against the wall, or foot skills in their living room, it’s the most universal sport.

At a college in Massachusetts, we’re pitching our idea in the Difference Makers Idea Challenge for current students and alumni. The Difference Makers Idea challenge consisting of educational workshops, help a team with an innovative idea to plan, organize, and find resources for their solution; A challenge that can help others make a positive change in the world.

Tomorrow is our last workshop, with a team meeting to follow, we’re about halfway through the program and challenge, and have a long road ahead, but we’re excited to share some of our projects with you.

Self-Blame & Abuse

Contemplating the moral issues of seeing something you know is wrong being done and conflicted of what to do is typical, and the right thing to do is to always make things right. Seeing somebody being abused and doing nothing about it, is in fact, a type of abuse. Doing nothing is abuse because it causes emotional turmoil to victims. When victims know they’re being abused, and know people have witnessed their abuse and have done nothing, it turns into self-blame. Never let victims feel that they’re guilty, and make victims know their abusers are abusers. When abuse happens in the public eye, and the abuser gets away with it, they’ll eventually believe they’re not abusers, because society doing nothing will teach them what they’re doing is okay.

Help those who can’t help themselves.