A year ago, we unveiled the “What Were You Wearing?” clothing exhibit, featuring outfits from 13 sexual assault survivors from plain-dressing backgrounds. Today, we’d like to share the video version of this display. Trigger warning that this may be disturbing/triggering for discussion of sexual abuse. Photography by Daniel Horst Photography
What DO you think child sexual abuse really means? Do you actually let your mind process the shock, the horror, the pain, and the damages to the body, mind and soul that there can be in a child victim?
Come and get training from professionals on identifying and reporting abuse and making our homes, churches, and communities safe places. Learn ways to teach and empower children, how to respond wisely in the event of possible abuse, topics of special interest to survivors, and much more.
You do not need specific and/or graphic details to support a survivor. It is, in fact, extremely harmful to the survivor and could even indicate something very toxic about you. Some professionals refer to it as “verbal porn”.
As good, ethical advocates, we must ALWAYS stick to the truth, and we must encourage our clients to stick to the truth. It’s OK, if a client does not remember something specific, for them to simply say, “I do not remember.”
If we wish to help offenders, we MUST offer them only quality, best practice information and resources.
In this day and age, there is no excuse for this level of ignorance.
Watch your tongue and mind your typing or texting fingers.
We are well aware that we are likely to have those in attendance who are survivors of sexual abuse and assault.
Because of that, we always try to make even our general public events be survivor friendly in a variety of ways.
No matter how low you feel about what you’ve done, nobody should use your story for sexual gratification. You do NOT need to relive every detail in order to successfully turn from your sin, and find forgiveness.