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Bad dreams Tags: Survivors


Hello all,

 

Been going through alot of stuff recently and within it having some really bad dreams all about my abusive past,trying not to focus on it,but really hard when dealing with everyday life. Which proves I'm really stressed out!! Hate it though.

 

How doe's everyone else deal with that? But I will stay strong,have to.

 

Survivors xx

 

Local Assault and Abuse Shelter Wish Lists Tags: donating child abuse shelters

Hello Folks,

I know that times are tight for a lot of us and I don't want to preach at people to give 'til it hurts.  But I'm sure a lot of still would like to do what we can to help local shelters.  If you can give time or don't want to give a monetary donation, then you might want to check out the donation wish list from your local child abuse and assault shelter.

Some of the things requested may be something you already have at home and can spare to help someone else in need.  Some examples of material goods on wish lists might be baby food, diapers, towels, kitchen ware, clothing, etc.  I think shelters would prefer new items, but check with your local shelter to be sure.

Also, my local shelter lists gift cards for gas, fast food and other stores.  You could pick these up on your regular shopping rounds.  Even a small amount would help.  I remember the shelter my mom went to for counseling help.  They also offered shelter and we were lucky that we had a relative who took us in but not every one in a domestic violence situation has that option.  

It may seem like a $5 or $10 gift card to Wendy's or a gas card in that amount would be pointless, but that gas card may just get victims out of the house and on the way to freedom and the gift card could feed a hungry victim immediately.  They could also help someone just starting out in their own place after leaving this situation.

Just some ideas to consider.

First there was Sexting, now there's Sextortion

The "harmless" sexting craze sweeping the nation has led to a new form of child predation - sextortion. More and more we are seeing cases of young girls being blackmailed online by often adult men into ever more sexual behavior with the threat of posting their sexting photos online:

From Newsbusters:

Last year, the hot trend was sexting – teenagers sending each other lascivious messages (and often nude or semi-nude photographs). If a teenaged boy received a nude photo of a friend and e-mailed it to buddies or posted it on a Facebook or MySpace page, there was the very real possibility of being prosecuted for distributing child pornography.

Now there’s a new and related crime in the court houses. It’s called “sextortion.”
Federal prosecutors and child safety advocates are warning of an upswing in online sexual blackmail. Associated Press cited a case in Indianapolis where three teenage girls with a webcam yielded to online peer pressure to flash their breasts. A week later, one Indiana girl started getting threatening e-mails that her topless image would be sent to her friends on MySpace unless she posed for more explicit photos – and even videos – for him. This girl complied with his blackmail threats twice – and then the police and federal officials stepped in and indicted a 19-year-old male in Maryland.

The victims might not even be in high school yet. The New Haven Register reported police received a complaint last November involving topless photos taken via webcam of a Conneticut girl “under 15 years old.” A 17-year-old Canadian boy was arrested in Montreal for threatening to post pictures he took over a webcam connection, demanding the young girl perform sex acts in front of the camera or he would post her topless picture on Facebook.

Young men are now facing years in prison for this “sextortion.” In Alabama, Jonathan Vance, 24, was sentenced to 18 years in prison in April after he confessed to sending threatening e-mails extorting nude photos from more than 50 young women in Alabama, Pennsylvania and Missouri. In Wisconsin, 18-year-old Anthony Stancl deceitfully posed as a girl on Facebook to trick high school classmates into sending him nude photos, which he then used to extort girls for sex. He received a 15-year sentence.

In California, federal officials say one 31-year-old man even stooped to remotely activating some girls' webcams without their knowledge and recorded them undressing or having sex.

Teenagers are obviously more vulnerable to blackmail because most parents would be shocked to learn their children are flashing their private parts on cell phones or Internet sites. One survey found 20 percent of teenagers and 33 percent of young adults aged 20 to 26 said they had sent or posted nude or semi-nude photos of themselves. AP quoted attorney Parry Aftab to sum it all up about this growing trend of online exhibitionism: "Kids are putting their head in the lion's mouth every time they do this.”

Parents must be aware of what their children are doing online, who they're contacting and why. More importantly parents need to sit down with their children and tell them about these cases so they know what kinds of people may be out there contacting them online.


 

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