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Adverse Childhood Experience

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ACE 101: Physical Neglect in Childhood

ACE 101: Physical Neglect in Childhood

Physical neglect in childhood may mean different things in different contexts. We’re unpacking what it is, what it isn’t, and how to protect children from this ACE.

ACE 101: Parental Substance Abuse

ACE 101: Parental Substance Abuse

Parental substance abuse is an ACE, a childhood trauma as damaging as other direct ones. How does it affect the child and how can we prevent it?

ACE 101: Intimate Partner Violence

ACE 101: Intimate Partner Violence

Domestic and intimate partner violence are Adverse Childhood Experiences that weaken a family’s chance for stability and safety. How to help and get help?

ACE 101: Childhood Emotional Neglect

ACE 101: Childhood Emotional Neglect

Childhood emotional neglect is one of the most challenging ACEs to identify because there’s nothing to “see,” but it impacts thousands of children every year with damaging consequences. How to help?

ACE 101: Physical Abuse in Childhood

ACE 101: Physical Abuse in Childhood

Physical abuse against children causes lifelong harm. This common ACE can be prevented. Read more on why and how we can dedicate resources to prevention.

De-normalizing child abuse

De-normalizing child abuse

A survivor story called Denormalizing child abuse shows how while abuse can become normal to a child, child abuse is never normal.

ACE 101: Childhood Emotional Abuse

ACE 101: Childhood Emotional Abuse

What is childhood emotional abuse? Learn about this ACE, its life-long consequences, ways to prevent it, heal it, and help someone affected.

10 signs of a toxic relationship

10 signs of a toxic relationship

No relationship is perfect, be it familial, a friendship, romantic relationship, or a marriage, yet any of these can be a toxic relationship

ACE scores in prison

ACE scores in prison

The US has the largest prison population in the world and highest per-capita incarceration rate but how are we treating the high rate of ACEs in prison?

Coercion

Coercion

Harvey Weinstein didn’t pin down all his victims, in fact, some of them willingly got in their car and went to meet him. Louise Godbold explains coercion.

The last time I spanked

The last time I spanked

The last time I spanked my child was the first time I did.She was not quite 3 years old. I will never forget how her eyes and her tears made me feel.

How to spot a sex offender

How to spot a sex offender

How do you spot a sex offender? Sex offenders cannot be profiled. There is no specific race, gender, sexual orientation, or education level that defines us.

Should Childhood Trauma Be Treated As A Public Health Crisis?

Should Childhood Trauma Be Treated As A Public Health Crisis?

Researchers followed a group of kids from childhood into adulthood to track the link between trauma in early life and adult mental health. When public health officials get wind of an outbreak of Hepatitis A or influenza, they spring into action with public awareness...

Child sex abuse. Handling disclosure

Child sex abuse. Handling disclosure

If a child discloses sexual abuse to you, it could change both of your lives. But a little knowledge can make you into the person an abused child needs.

Be a Helper

Be a Helper

Be a helper to make the world a safer place for people to live in. Be a helper to put smiles on people’s faces. These are easy tasks that don’t cost much.

Holiday Safety

Holiday Safety

Holiday gatherings put children at risk of sexual abuse. We don’t need to avoid them, we need to learn to focus on safety during the holidays.

Keep Calm and Holiday On

Keep Calm and Holiday On

It’s important to keep calm and holiday on when you’re around a large group of family and friends. This blog post gives tips to keep calm and holiday on.

Survivors Surviving the Holidays

Survivors Surviving the Holidays

The holidays tend to be a tough time of year for survivors of child abuse. But common decency and thoughtfulness can help you survive the holidays.

How to handle holiday stress

How to handle holiday stress

During the seasonal period, people have many tasks. Trying to get to get these tasks done can create holiday stress. Here are tips to handle holiday stress.

Educating the unthinkable

Educating the unthinkable

Children don’t have the tools to protect themselves from sexual abuse because their parents are often afraid to learn the facts about it.

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