Sunday, August 14, 2016

Resources: Posts About Primary Prevention

"I was sexually abused.": This is a post about internet disclosures that you were abused, and the appropriate circumstances for such a disclosure.

About Grooming: This is a post describing what grooming is, why grooming can be a controversial issue, and what people need to be aware of around the subject of grooming.

Child Sex Abuse Fact Sheet: This post is a basic fact sheet with basic information about child sexual abuse. As child sexual abuse is a very complex topic, readers are reminded that solving the epidemic of child sexual abuse starts with knowing and discussing the facts about child sexual abuse. This is your springboard to becoming involved in preventing child sexual abuse.

Circumcision: Why I Mention It: This post describes why I am against circumcising both boys and girls, and why the issue of circumcision is of importance to the primary prevention of child sexual abuse.

Criminology Myths Debunked: This post tackles many of the myths that some law enforcement/criminology-oriented people have perpetrated in the media about pedophilia and child sexual abuse, and why they are myths and not facts.

Defining Child Sexual Abuse: A Therapeutic Approach: This post defines what child sexual abuse is from a therapeutic, victim-centered perspective and why such a definition is more valuable than a legal definition.

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions, Myths, and Stereotypes (comprehensive): This post is a long and comprehensive list of questions, myths, and stereotypes that many people believe around child sexual abuse, sexual abusers, pedophiles, and sexual offenders. As the questions are not simple, the answers are likewise complex.

Facts: Child Sex Abuse And The Abusers: This post is an academically detailed description of the negative impact that child sexual abuse has on victims, and the pertinent facts about sexual abusers that people need to know.

For Critics: Why I Discuss Some Topics: This post is an explanation of the difficult and emotional topics discussed on this blog, and why discussing them is necessary to the prevention of child sexual abuse.

Glossary: This is a glossary of terms that I use throughout my blog that may be new to the average person.

How Sex Offender Registration And Notification Is Dangerous To Children: This is post is about the laws aimed at sex offenders, the hype surrounding these laws, and why both are harmful to abuse prevention efforts and may actually lead to increased recidivism and more child sexual abuse, not less.

How To Talk With A Potential Abuser: So, you have someone in your life that are exhibiting many warning signs that they may be a potential abuser. Now what do you do? How to you start that conversation? Why should you start a conversation? Many areas are covered in this post. Bear in mind that most sexual abusers are those known and trusted in their communities.

How the Media is Making Abuse Worse: This is a post about how the media stigmatizes the issue of child sexual abuse, perpetuates myths, and uses improper terminology to describe abuse. In some cases, they can out the victims in their communities without intending to. 

Humanizing And Dehumanizing Abusers: This post discusses the ramifications of turning sexual abusers of children into inhuman monsters, and how the dehumanization of sexual abusers can blind people to the facts and realities of child sexual abuse, who perpetrates it, and their motivations for such harmful behavior.

Is Masculinity A Factor in Sex Crime?: This post discusses traditional masculinity, and how masculinity can play a role in sexual crimes like child sexual abuse. It is not written with feminism in mind, but preventing child sexual abuse.

Issues In Mandatory Reporting: This post discusses mandatory reporting laws, and presents some ethical and policy-oriented situations where mandatory reporting enables abuse rather than preventing it. 

Myths: The Brief Version: This post is a shorter version of the “FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions, Myths, and Stereotypes (comprehensive)” post. By contrast, it may be easier to read, though at the cost of fewer sources and less accuracy.

Pornography: This post discusses some of the ethical issues involved both in adult pornography and “child pornography”. It also discusses “child sexual abuse images” as an alternative for “child pornography”, given that children cannot consent, are not paid, and are not acting in such material.

Primary Prevention Basics: This post is a general overview of some of the many topics involved in the primary prevention of child sexual abuse, and why these topics are both controversial and necessary to ending the epidemic of child sexual abuse.

Primary Prevention Defined: This post defines what primary prevention is, why it is necessary, and how it differs from other child sexual abuse prevention efforts.

Primary Prevention Method: This post is an overview of some of the systemic methods that could be used to prevent child sexual abuse before it occurs. For a more complete overview of other methods, please visit the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers.

SORNA: A Crash Course in Sex Offenders: This post is an overview of sexual offender registration and notification laws, their impact on offenders and on the protection of children, and why these laws do not work as they were originally intended.

Secrecy And The Dark: This is a post discussing the role of secrecy in sexual offending, and how secrecy and failing to discuss sexual crimes can contribute to more sexual crime.

Stewards of Children: A Review of Darkness to Light's Prevention Training: This post is a review of the “Stewards of Children” training offered by Darkness to Light. Their training is available for $10 and involves a general overview of child sexual abuse for those completely unfamiliar with it. The review serves as an evaluation and critique of this training from the standpoint of primary prevention.

Ten Things You Do Not Know About Child Sexual Abuse: This post is a list of ten facts that are absolutely essential to preventing child sexual abuse before it happens. Do you know the ten things?

The Politics Of Prevention: This post discusses how the area of child sexual abuse prevention is political, why it is political, and why the two-party system in America enables sexual abuse by making the issue political.

This Blog Is Brought To You By...: This is a brief overview of why this blog exists, and what motivates me to continue posting.

To Catch Sexual Solicitors: This is a post about the “To Catch A Predator”-style shows and vigilantes, and why the term “predator” is often misused.

Using Math To Determine Pedophiles Who Do And Do Not Abuse: This post illustrates approximately how many pedophiles do abuse, how many do not abuse, and how both of those figures compare to US statistics about sex offenders, child sex offenders, and repeat child sex offenders. The end result is an educated guess for illustrative purposes.

What Is A Sexual Predator?: This is a post about “sexual predators” as a term, and why using this term can cause myth-based panic around protecting children from phantoms that only very rarely exist.

What Is The Biggest Factor In Child Sexual Abuse?: This post discusses the biggest factor that allows child sexual abuse to continue, and why no one likes talking about child sexual abuse. It will challenge you.

WhatThe Average Person Must Know About Pedophilia: This post discusses some of the basics about pedophilia, and why pedophilia relates to the primary prevention of child sexual abuse.

What You Need To Know About MAPs, Paraphiles, And SexOffenders: This post looks at MAPs (Minor Attracted Person(s)), those with sexual disorders (paraphiles), and sex offenders and what you need to know about how these three groups of people are different. It will also educate you on the risk that pedophiles pose to children.

Why Does SORNA Matter To Primary Prevention?: This post is a discussion about the relationship between sex offender registration and notification laws and the prevention of sexual crimes.

Why Educating Children Fails: This post looks at the hype that some prevention programs add to the facts they present, and how this hype can not only be inaccurate, but districting to preventing child sexual abuse. It also looks at why making child education a part of sexual abuse prevention is doomed to make no discernable difference, and the proper place that educating children about boundaries has.

Why Myths Are Dangerous: This is a detailed description of why myths are harmful to efforts to preventing child sexual abuse, and why facts about the issue of child sexual abuse matter.

Why Sexual Education Is Necessary To Primary Prevention: This post discusses sexual education from the standpoint of primary prevention, and explains why sexual education is an integral part of preventing child sexual abuse.

Why Words Matter: Child Pornography, Sex Offenders,And Pedophiles: This post looks at some of the material from Abuse Stoppers as an organization, and why their information lacks accuracy in the terminology that they use and the facts that they present.

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