Written by Joan Bramsch

ABUSE Useful Links & Things

Need information? Don't know who to ask or where to turn? Here are some useful links and information sources that will respect YOU and your privacy.


Most of us don't know a lot about Child Abuse - what it is and whatrepparttar results can be. This information is written for young people like you who want to know more. You may be reading this because you're concerned about yourself or about a friend, or just because you're interested inrepparttar 131402 subject.

As you get older, you start making important decisions about relationships with family and friends, school, and health.

How you feel, how you get along with others, and what you want out of life are all very important parts of growing up and living a healthy, happy life. But these are alsorepparttar 131403 things that are threatened if you are a victim of child abuse.

You might think, Well, I'm not a child any more. But a person is considered a "child" up torepparttar 131404 age of 18 in most states; 17 in others.

Even if you are older or you are no longer being abused, abuse can leave a lot of physical or emotional damage. So it's important to take steps to endrepparttar 131405 abuse if it is still happening and to begin to heal yourself emotionally so you can get on with your life.

Inrepparttar 131406 pages that follow, we talk about what child abuse is and what it is not. We also talk about some ofrepparttar 131407 reasons that child abuse happens and why it is so important for abused teens to get help for themselves and, hopefully, for their families. Then, we talk about how and where to get that help.

What is child abuse? What arerepparttar 131408 different kinds of abuse? Abuse is a family problem The abuse is not your fault What arerepparttar 131409 signs of abuse? Dealing withrepparttar 131410 feelings Revealingrepparttar 131411 secret Getting someone to listen Where to get help Takerepparttar 131412 first step Need to talk?


Written by Joan Bramsch

GROWING FREE by Joan Bramsch

We often hearrepparttar term, "Growing free." These two words evoke a tranquil scene: a youngster skipping through meadows, wondering atrepparttar 131399 beauty of a wild flower and laughing atrepparttar 131400 wind andrepparttar 131401 clouds. The child is never threatened by exterior forces; he lives safe and protected within his childhood. Wishing only to be happy and free,repparttar 131402 child is permitted to pick and choose his activities.

Most often,repparttar 131403 child, because he is a child, wants onlyrepparttar 131404 privileges -- makingrepparttar 131405 noise, scatteringrepparttar 131406 toys, demanding unequal time. He cares little forrepparttar 131407 responsibility of growing -- making loud noises only out-of-doors, picking uprepparttar 131408 scattered toys, sharingrepparttar 131409 space and time around him. Surely, children must learn that responsibility isrepparttar 131410 twin of privilege. Withoutrepparttar 131411 first,repparttar 131412 second expands to undesired proportions; thus, if left untempered, we see irresponsible adolescents and adults.

Today, many adolescents, soon afterrepparttar 131413 onset of puberty, find themselves searching for a meaningful relationship with a member ofrepparttar 131414 opposite sex. Some take seriously their responsibility to protect themselves against unwanted pregnancy, while others become unwed parents or victims of teenage marriage. Both groups,repparttar 131415 responsibly sexually active young people andrepparttar 131416 "it won't happen to me just this once" adolescent are often irresponsible to their duties inrepparttar 131417 home -- unkempt bedrooms, refusal to help gladly or altogether with family chores. In short, seeingrepparttar 131418 job but not doing it. Again, we hear their demand for mature privileges and their blindness to everyday responsibilities.

Most times, these young people have been taught to enjoyrepparttar 131419 good feelings of a job well done; however, during this period of their lives they live in a world of self-centered egotism, unable to fulfill their duties as a member of a family. Usually, afterrepparttar 131420 seventeenth year,repparttar 131421 egomaniac shrinks to manageable proportions and, once again,repparttar 131422 young person can become a responsible family member.

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