CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH Child Abuse Prevention Month is recognized during April of every year. Each week of this month I will direct a great portion of time blogging on various types of child abuse—verbal, emotional, physical and sexual. I will be focusing on Child Abuse Prevention Month, hopefully providing you with valuable, and unfortunately30

THE INNER PAIN OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Domestic violence always carries with it a level of inner pain. After being interviewed by one of the local newspapers and reading the article last month, I found some of the comments others left nothing short of amazing. It was obvious many readers just don’t “get” the inner pain30

What does a child cutting have to do with domestic violence? This dilemma was recently posed to me. “I need to ask you about something. I have a friend at school that is cutting because her parents fight all the time. What should I do? “  Now, let me set the scene a bit clearer.30

I’ve served jury duty before—actually was called and sat, being part of a group of 6 who decided the fate of one man. For what it’s worth, we found him innocent. There were other times I reported for jury duty, took the token paperback or writing pad to doodle the time away until our group30

Have you ever stopped to wonder who is there to minister to the clergy when they need ministry? I mean, we all need emotional and spiritual support at some time or another, but if they are constantly giving out and never getting anything back, that cannot be a good thing. The same thing goes for30

I suppose it could be considered humorous that the top search engine term on my blog site is “pastor cartoon.” I still have not figured that one out for the life of me. But then it gets serious. Scores of terms people are using, whether through Google, Bing or any other search engine, include such30

Why hurt the children? Do we stop to consider that verbal/emotional abuse harms children? It can cause scars that will remain within their minds and hearts for their entire lives. Calling a child “stupid” is inexcusable. Leading them to believe they are inferior or dispensable is abuse, plain and simple. While many take exception with30

How can one possibly give thanks for years of molestation as a child or for enduring nearly two decades of domestic violence? Granted, it may sound a bit strange. Some may even think I’ve lost what little bit of a mind I may have. So, I explain myself. Between the ages of 7 and 1530

If sin is sin, and divorce is sin, then it only makes sense there is forgiveness extended there, as well. Only problem is, I still have a problem with those trying to tell the victims of spousal assault who were brave enough to leave and obtain a divorce that THEY were the sinner.

Do we allow our past to dictate to us how our life should be lived or do we allow our past to create change so our future has meaning? The effects of abuse and neglect on a child linger on long after they are grown.