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As I become more vocal regarding child abuse prevention, I find myself talking more about the abuse I suffered as a child, the wounds it caused, and my recovery journey. Child abuse is not an easy subject to discuss as it tends to make people uncomfortable. I know I was very uncomfortable when I started talking my childhood abuse and I was very uncomfortable hearing about others’ abuse.
Over the years I’ve become much more comfortable discussing the topic of child abuse and doing so with a wide range of people. Some people seem to have a sixth sense when it comes to discussing child abuse; they know what to say and when to say it. Maybe more importantly, they know what not to say. Other people seem to have whatever the opposite of the sixth sense is; and most people are somewhere in between.
Regardless of a person’s communication skills, child abuse is still a difficult subject to discuss. So, here’s my guideline for talking to victims of child abuse. Please note that this is solely based on my opinion and my experiences. Others may agree in whole, agree in part, disagree in part, or completely disagree.
To begin, if you do not want to engage in a conversation about child abuse or discuss a victim’s child abuse, wounds, and/or recovery journey, you have that right. I suggest telling the person that, “I’m currently not in a place to engage is such a conversion”, wish them well, and walk away.
If you do want to engage in the conversation, then here’s my list of communication tips:
Hopefully, as the topic of child abuse prevention is more openly talked about, the conversations will be less difficult. As the topic gets easier to discuss and the more people are discussing it, the more progress we can make to prevent child abuse.
I am the CEO and Founder of Athalonz, LLC., I am a founding partner of the patent boutique law firm of Garlick & Markison, I am a survivor of child abuse, and I am an inventor on over 300 patents.
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