Sunday, March 19, 2006

Need For Repetition

I have seen what schools are doing to teach their children about sexual abuse. The things they are doing are based with very good information. From myself a victim of sexual abuse, what I find lacking with what they are teaching is "repetition."

I have seen what schools are doing to teach their children about sexual abuse. The material that they are teaching is good, but it is only taught in the most part twice K through 12. This is not saying twice a year K through 12, it is ONLY twice. The children get it once between 3rd and 5th grades. They get it once more between grades 8th and 10th. This is all! This is not nearly often enough to remove the fear and guilt that the children that experience sexual abuse has.

Coming from the perspective of a victim of sexual abuse, what the schools that teach sexual abuse in this manner only causes more harm. What I mean by this is, this form of education only gives the children the knowledge to know that what is or has happened to them is wrong. It does nothing to remove the fear and guilt that keeps them from coming forward and reporting their own experience of sexual abuse. This only will only happen through "repetition." They need to hear about this over and over again.

By only getting taught twice and letting the children learn that what is or has happened to them is wrong, you are only adding more guilt to this child. So in turn, you have only succeeded in harming the child even more.

It is only by hearing it over and over again, by seeing it again and again, will the child be able to feel comfortable enough to come forward with what is or has happened to them.

Sexual abuse is dealt with behind closed doors! Society has always dealt with sexual abuse behind closed doors. It is has been forbidden to talk about out in public. This is no longer acceptable!! We must deal and talk about sexual abuse publicly. Sexual abuse must be dealt with as we do with drugs and alcohol.

Please help me in this fight to protect our children from sexual abuse!

Larry Kramer
Founder @ President of CARE
Child Abuse Protection Requires Education

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