|Breaking down barriers|
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
When I started this blog, I decided to break the silence demanded by my abusers. Speaking up was difficult but with time I am doing better. Today, I broke a new silence barrier. At school, the students were studying safety for children, in this unit they define abuse and study the laws requiring reporting. Today, I spoke to the classes about the results of abuse and how they can help children feel safe. I talked about loving school because I felt safe there. I shared with them several ideas that are helpful like asking permission to hug a child, giving them options, validating feelings, and a few other ideas how to create a safe environment. I challenged them to learn how to make a difference for a child. I felt good about their reception of what I told them. I hoped for a conversation but the students were a bit taken back by the subject and my candid reaction to being an abuse survivor. I also emphasized the importance of personal responsibility. It is not my fault about what happened to me but I am responsible for how I behave now. I appreciate the teacher giving me an opportunity to share. One of the interpreters for our deaf students asked me questions afterwards to get information to help a friend. I keep writing and talking, speaking up, breaking the abuse silence.