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Child Abuse Series: SHARE SOME SECRETS

Child abuse takes many forms. Some children suffer neglect, while others suffer bodily injury through violence. In America alone, Child Protective Services confirmed 686,000 children suffered some form of abuse in 2012. 
However, those figures only represent the number of kids' cases that were actually reported and investigated. What about the kids who are abused, but are too afraid to tell? Should they keep their secret? How do you tell a child which secrets are good and which ones are bad? British author, Christina Gabbitas, may have the answer.
"I realize that this is a very sensitive subject and is a huge challenge, butis something I feel very passionate about," says Christina. "We teach our children to look out when crossing the road, and we teach them to swim, to keep them safe in water. I want to educate children from a young age, about the differences between good and bad secrets, and to give them the confidence to speak out."
Since secrets can be a sensi…

Wednesday Rave: Vanquished by Katie Clark

It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to an author I admire, Katie Clark, and her debut novel--Vanquished. 
Thank you for having me today! I’m thrilled to introduce your readers to my debut novel, Vanquished. People are always asking me how I got the idea for Vanquished, and since it’s a story I love telling I am happy to share it.
This wasn’t an easy idea. It came to me in bits and pieces over the course of a few years. It started with the main character, Hana. I was always thinking about this girl. This strong but vulnerable girl. She wanted to believe in the life she’d been led to live. She wanted to follow the rules. Except she couldn’t. At that time, I had no idea what brought about her unhappiness or dissatisfaction, I only knew she needed to work toward something more.
Fast forward a year or two, I was given the idea to write a story set in a world where there was no God. No Bible. No religion. Would this world be better? Worse? And how? I had no idea how to make this st…

Child Abuse Series: Who Determines Abuse?

The recent cases of child abuse in the news has a lot of parents wondering just what constitutes child abuse. ChildHelp defines child abuse as "action or failing to act, causes injury, death, emotional harm or risk of serious harm to a child." So who determines if a child has been abused?
In the case of Minnesota Vikings running back, Adrian Peterson, it was the court. Now remember he "whipped" the child with a tree branch or switch. The boy suffered deep bruises and open cuts to his legs, thighs, buttocks and scrotum. Other cases that have hit the media also rely upon the court system to determine whether or not a child has been abused.
 However, each case is different and so is the determination. In Peterson's case, there was a plea bargain that reduced the felony child abuse charge to a misdemeanor reckless assault charge. In other cases, parents and caregivers have received long jail sentences for whipping their children with everything from a belt to a boat …

A New Series: Child Abuse

An Oregon mother of a six-year-old boy calls 9-1-1 to say, "I just threw my son over the Yaquina Bay Bridge". His crime-autism. A mother of a three-year-old boy in Pennsylvania along with possibly two others, tie him to a chair, beat him with whips, curtain rods, and other sharp and blunt instruments then hang him by his feet and beat him again. His crime-not eating his breakfast. A four-year-old girl is beaten to death by her mother. Her crime-she spilled her mother's lotion. And, a six-week-old infant dies of multiple internal injuries and a fractured skull at the hands of his father. His crime-crying.
All you have to do is listen to the evening news or open a newspaper to find another parent or caregiver who has taken the life of a child by abuse. According to, someone reports the abuse of a child every 10 seconds in the United States. And, it is estimated that as many as 50 to 60 percent of all child deaths are directly related to child abuse, but not …

When a Child Feels Alone at School, Maybe a Buddy Bench Will Help

It was lunch recess and the playground was filled with happy kids running, jumping, sliding, swinging, and asking me every five minutes if it was lunchtime yet when  I noticed a first grade girl digging her toes in the sawdust. Her head was down and her shoulders were shaking a bit. I watched her for a few minutes waiting for a friend to run up to her and ask her to play.  But no one did. That's when I introduced myself.
     "Hi, my name is Sherry. Those are great digging shoes you have. I wish I had a pair like them."

Her blonde head tilted to the side for a second, and then she looked up exposing cheeks streaked with tears. After wiping her face with her sleeve, she told me her name was Kelsey (not her real name). Then she told me something that struck my heart.

     "I'm all alone. I don't have any friends, and nobody will play with me."

Kelsey's problem was easy to fix. My grand daughter's class was on the playground, too. All I had to do …