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Who Will Help the Estimated 39 Million Child Sexual Abuse Survivors in America?

Laguna Niguel, California (PRWEB) January 22, 2008

A year ago Diane Cranley’s world was turned upside down when her youngest daughter confided to her that she was being sexually abused. Cranley began her search for additional victims of her daughter’s perpetrator and found others he had abused and others he was grooming.

Caught up in the midst of a legal battle, Cranley made a courageous decision. Rather than becoming a forgotten statistic, Cranley created the non-profit corporation TAALK, Talk About Abuse to Liberate Kids. The organization was formed to increase awareness of the child sexual abuse epidemic, with a focus on victims who are abused by a family member or someone they know and trust.

“I chose this focus because more than 90 percent of children who are sexually abused know their abusers,” said Cranley. “This means fewer than 10 percent of abusers are strangers.”

TAALK’s vision is to inspire community coalitions to accept responsibility for educating their residents on how to better protect the children in their community from child sexual abuse.

Its TAALK Today awareness program includes a top down media campaign as well as a grass roots network of members who are committed to spreading the word about the child sexual abuse epidemic. Members personally invite their family, friends and acquaintances to join the movement. The focus of this awareness program is to make child sexual abuse and its prevention an acceptable topic of every day discussion. The program also encourages the public to take action to protect children.

On January 18, 2008, TAALK launched its new website, http://www.taalk.org. In addition to the TAALK Today awareness program and primary prevention education, TAALK provides support services to victims and their families and provides prevention program consulting to youth serving organizations. The website is filled with valuable information to help individuals, organizations and communities prevent child sexual abuse.

“TAALK’s mission is to break the silence that surrounds child sexual abuse,” said Cranley. “We want to shift public consciousness from passive acceptance to the belief that ‘There is No Excuse for Sexual Abuse.’ Our efforts will raise awareness of the existing epidemic and educate the public to take action to protect children.”

According to the American Psychological Association, “Accurate statistics on the prevalence of child and adolescent sexual abuse are difficult to collect because of problems of underreporting and the lack of one definition of what constitutes such abuse. However, there is general agreement among mental health and child protection professionals that child sexual abuse is not uncommon and is a serious problem in the United States.”

For additional information on preventing child sexual abuse, contact Diane Cranley or visit http://www.taalk.org.

About TAALK:

TAALK, Talk About Abuse to Liberate Kids, is a non-profit corporation formed to increase awareness of the child sexual abuse epidemic, with a focus on victims who are abused by a family member or someone they know and trust.

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Young Survivors of Sex Trafficking Inspire Beyonce, Halle Berry and More to Join ‘Girls Are Not for Sale’ Campaign

New York (PRWEB) June 30, 2009

GEMS: Girls Educational and Mentoring Services, the nation’s largest survivor-led organization serving American girls and young women who have experienced sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation, is joining forces with Beyonc

Kevin Bacon, Dylan McDermott, Gabrielle Union and Christina Ricci Headline Campaign to Help Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

Washington, DC (PRWEB) April 15, 2010

RAINN, the nations largest anti-sexual violence organization, today is launching a new celebrity-driven campaign to make sure survivors of child sexual abuse get the help that they deserve. This campaign is very timely, noted Katherine Hull, RAINNs vice president for communications. The tremendous news coverage recently of these crimes against children has the potential to trigger flashbacks and difficult memories for survivors of child sexual abuse. Thats why its critical that we reach these individuals to let them know that its never too late to get help.

The campaign spots feature RAINNs national spokeswoman, actress Christina Ricci, alongside actors Kevin Bacon, Dylan McDermott, and actress Gabrielle Union. This latest initiative was formed in partnership with director and filmmaker Amy Berg, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her documentary film, Deliver Us From Evil, which explored child sexual abuse. The campaign also features music from hit singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne.

The majority of child sexual abuse victims know their attacker, and the effects of this crime can last a lifetime as many victims keep the pain inside for far too long and never get the help they need, said Amy Berg, director of the campaign spots. The new campaign aims to get the message out to child sexual abuse victims that its never too late to reach out for help; help is available through the National Sexual Assault Hotlines. According to Berg, It is clear we need to do more to protect and help our children. It is especially important to tell children that they do not have to keep their abusers secret.

Every two minutes, another American is sexually assaulted; nearly half of all victims are under the age of 18. Its estimated that there are over 20 million survivors of child sexual abuse in the U.S. The effects of this crime on victims are staggering; survivors who do not get help following sexual abuse are at a higher risk for suffering from grave mental health issues such as PTSD, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, and feelings of guilt, shame, and anger.

RAINNs child sexual abuse public service announcements, The Secret and Living in Fear, are available for free public and private use across broadcast and digital platforms. To incorporate RAINNs PSAs digitally, use the embed code from YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5cgfVGefUo

To download HD broadcast quality versions of the PSAs, and to learn more about the campaign, visit: http://www.rainn.org/news-room/news/dont-keep-the-secret

If you or someone you know has been sexually abused, please know that the abuse is not your fault and that its never too late to get help. If youre being sexually abused, or have been in the past, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE) or visit the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline at rainn.org to talk to someone who understands what you are going through.

RAINN would like to extend a very special thanks to John C. Manly and Bart Dalton who made this campaign possible thanks to their generosity and their dedication to eradicating child sexual abuse.

RAINN would also like to thank each and every person who was involved with the production of this PSA who donated his or her time, creativity, and talent. Its only because of your support that this public service announcement was made possible: Caius Ahn, Nina Ahn, Jessica Brooks, Monty Buckles, Joelle Casteix, Mary Crosby, CTI Production & Multimedia, LLC, Morgan Denton, Disarming Film, Susan Foster, Evi Graza, Valentina Graza, GMT Studios, Marnie Goodfriend, Holden Hadfield, Hillary Hanak, Victoria Jackson, Ray LaMontagne, Ernesto Lomeli, Christina Lowry, Nat Magnuson, Sybil McCarthy, Billy McMillin, Trixie McMillin, Daryll Merchant, Tarajia Morrel, Alvaro Navarr, Darcy Parsons, Gracie Paton, Olympic Partners, David Polcy, Ann Rosencrans, Lauren Sakioka, David Siebenaler, Gwen Uszuko, Marcus Watson, David Weiss, Adrienne Weller.


RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nations largest anti-sexual assault organization and was named one of Americas 100 Best Charities by Worth magazine. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE and rainn.org) in partnership with over 1,100 local rape crisis centers across the country. The hotline has helped more than 1.4 million people since 1994. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual assault, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice. For more information about RAINN, please visit rainn.org.


Author Shares A New Legacy for Incest Survivors

Ottawa, ON (Vocus/PRWEB) March 15, 2011

Xlibris, the self-publishing services provider, announced today the release of A New Legacy for Incest Survivors. Authored by Lucie G. Spear, this book is a moving, and ultimately triumphant look into what it takes to survive incest and go on to build a life full of rich, loving relationships, and creating a new legacy.

From the ages of nine to fourteen, Lucie Spear was sexually abused by her own father. Instead of describing the details of her abuse, Mrs. Spear shares her journey of recovery, clearly explaining the loss of self and family that results from an abuser breaking the most basic of trust between parent and child. She also manages to sympathetically convey the complex inter-family dynamics that emerge once incest is revealed.

So many victims of incest remain in a downhill spiral of negativity for most of their adult life. This book will most certainly help them rise above this traumatic experience. It is invaluable to all victims and survivors, who themselves have to face the harsh realities of the past, while trying to accept that they are not to blame, or that they are not alone, in having to deal with the conflicting feelings associated with incest.

Professionals who work with incest survivors will find some guidance through the minefield of taboo and denial that tend to accompany this traumatic experience. This book serves as a source of inspiration for all individuals that want to put a stop to the senseless crime of incest and the silence surrounding sexual abuse.

My heartfelt compassion and understanding goes out to all incest survivors. The mind, body, and soul know that there is a right way to love and be loved. I dedicate this book to all of you, for your courage in changing your legacy, says the author.

For more information on A New Legacy for Incest Survivors, interested parties may log on to http://www.Xlibris.com.

About the Author

Lucie G. Spear is a mother of one (and a proud grandmother of two), a sister to eight siblings, and most importantly an incest survivor. She lives happily with her partner of fourteen years in a small town outside of Ottawa, Ontario. For this first book, because incest permeated several generations of the authors lineage, the author uses a pseudonym to protect the familys privacy. This is to allow her siblings and relatives the time and space to heal without undue pressures from outside sources.

The pseudonym derives from the authors actual middle name, Gertrude, which means strength of spear. This name has given her the strength and courage she needed to publish this book and pierce the silence on this senseless crime done to children. At the age of 56, the author shares with her readers, without going into the details of the abuse, the steps that she has taken to heal and recover from the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her father.

A New Legacy for Incest Survivors * by Lucie G. Spear

Publication Date: March 10, 2011

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Los Angeles County Bar Association to Present Public Service Award to Pasadena Immigration Attorney Heather Poole for Volunteer Work with Domestic Violence Survivors

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 24, 2013

Immigration Attorney Heather Poole has been a volunteer attorney with LACBAs Domestic Violence Project (Project) for the past 12 years. The Project consists of volunteer attorneys who donate their time in Los Angeles County Superior Courts Central and Pasadena courthouses to help domestic violence survivors obtain Temporary Restraining Orders in family court.

Volunteer attorneys prepare the legal forms, explain the process, what to expect in court and how to plan for permanent restraining order hearings. The Project has helped thousands of women and men regain their safety and gain access to the justice system, which otherwise can seem especially intimidating and scary to those who cannot afford an attorney.

Working with the Project is extremely rewarding work. Attorneys see the justice system work quickly and effectively and help protect those most vulnerable from future harm. There is instant gratification in knowing your actions could help protect a child and change a persons circumstances to give these survivors a fighting chance at a better life.

Attorney Heather Poole

A large part of Immigration Attorney Heather Pooles private practice also focuses on helping immigrant women and men in abusive and controlling marriages obtain or save their permanent residency status under the Violence Against Women Acts immigration provisions.

For more information about LACBA and the awards ceremony, visit: http://www.lacba.org


CONTACT INFO: For Attorney Heather L Poole

HEATHER L POOLE PC, Professional Law Corp

225 S Lake Avenue, Ste 300

Pasadena, CA 91101

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Attorney Heather Poole is a private immigration attorney in Pasadena, CA, focuses on complex family and marriage-based immigration cases. She is the vice chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association Southern California Chapter, a frequent attorney trainer and published author on complex immigration issues and teaches Immigration Law at Fullerton College.