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Sexual Assault Thrives in the Secrecy and Silence of Closed Systems - An Update

With the news breaking around the secrecy and silence of yet another case of sexual assault within a "closed system" (this time a university), it is important to revisit steps for  Proactive Parenting in the protection of children and in the advocacy of victims.

For the purposes of today's  blog, I am going to focus on Proactive Principle #2. Visit Proactive Parenting (full blog)  for Proactive Principle #1

Proactive Parenting Principle #2 is a tough one - rarely discussed but critically important. Again, integrate it into your mindset and apply it to your parenting style. Here we go. Let's look at how we can protect our children and prevent them from being at risk in predatory, secretive, closed environments  or systems of abuse and/or assault. 

#2   - The degree of innate trust ascribed to a closed system can be a reliable predictor of an abusive environment and/or where perpetrators carry out their dangerous agendas.
Before you read that again, I want to define two…

How To Live Your Life "Another Way"!

The degree of access or exposure to or consumption of anything is a predictor to the degree of consequence – either positive or negative. 
When it comes to social behaviors, experimentation, and individuation, we often hear that today’s teens are no different from other generations.  Each generation faces its challenges and formulates its cultural and behavioral norms accordingly. At the same time, as advancements in our technological world have increased the degree of access or exposure to, or consumption of anything at an alarming rate, we often lag behind in preparation for or intervention with the ensuing consequences of our children’s choices - either positive or negative.

As a former public educator for almost thirty years and as a twenty year Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I have taken special interest in the well-being of young people and their individual struggles.  Focusing much of my work in the recovery areas of abuse and trauma, I honed my skills around conceptu…