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Anti-cyberbullying in Social Media

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Category: Issues

Anti-cyberbullying in Social Media: A Cure in the Poison

With an uptake in technology advancement, communication through phones, tablets, and computers is easier and more common than ever before. However, there are some major issues regarding this new wave of communication: the potential of cyber-bullying.

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What is Cyberbullying and Who can be Affected by it?

Cyberbullying can exist in many forms, including hateful messaging or comments, racy pictures and sexting, violent threats, and other similar means of communicating negative content through the internet. Social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, though are hit sensations, particularly for the younger generation, can also be hot spots for cyberbullying.

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Join Team RemovingChains 4 GivingTuesday

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Category: Take Action

Stop ChildAbuse & Trafficking with Holiday Giving 2016

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Start your Team under ours & really helps victims this holiday!

thumb Team Captain BlairHoliday giving starts with Giving Tuesday on November 29, 2016 and survivors need your help to boost all of Ark of Hope for Children's efforts. Here's what we're doing:

Team Removing Chains GT16's mandate is to help Ark of Hope for Children reach it's fundraising goals to grow their great support and empowerment efforts for people victimized as by human trafficking and child abuse.

Giving Tuesday  fundraise

 

Cyberbullying: A New Way To Hurt

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Category: Take Action

Cyberbullying: A New Way To Hurt in the Digital Age

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For children growing up in the age of cellphones and social media, cyberbullying has become as common as selfies - though a far cry from the harmless fun of taking a photo. Cyberbullying takes the form of rumors spread online, hateful and sometimes threatening messages, and humiliating videos or photographs shared without permission (sometimes real, other times doctored). The abuse can be relentless, sometimes driving young people to self-harm or suicide.

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The Apology I Never Got: When An Abuser Dies

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Category: General

Last month I wrote about forgiveness after abuse. In keeping with that train of thought, I’d like to write about the apology many survivors of all types of abuse never receive. Would that apology make a difference? Would it somehow provide closure? Or would it simply reignite anger and hurt and seem insincere or not enough? Most of us will never know because abusers notoriously don’t admit to what they’ve done and fail to recognize the damage they have caused. They often go on and abuse other people, other children, at an alarming rate. Waiting for an apology, while deserved more than anything, can be torture in itself.

A while ago I learned that someone that abused me as a child passed away. I didn’t find out until months after the fact. I questioned family (those still in my life) and they said they knew nothing about it. I’m not sure what emotion I expected to have when I discovered this news. Relief, maybe. Some kind of joy because he could no longer harm children? Perhaps. But what I felt instead was anger bordering on rage.

I was angry that nobody told me he passed away. I was angry that he never faced jail time or true judicial consequences of any sort for what he did to me. I was angry that he continued to work in churches around children as a leader, as a pastor, long after he pled guilty and walked off with a misdemeanor. I was angry he wasn’t on any of the sex offender registries. And sure, I was angry for everything he did to me. But most of all? I was angry he never once apologized.

Survivor  Child Abuse  apology  acceptance

 

Prayer Need Surgery 2015.12.07

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Category: Survivor Support

Prayer Need Surgery 2015.12.07

Prayer Need: One teen male #ChildAbuse survivor we mentor is about to go into surgery to repair sexual damage done. It can be life threatening without the emergency surgery.

PLEASE Support our survivor support mentoring and care work for this victim thru #ArkofHope for Children http://bit.ly/1LHaAA8

Survivor Support

 

Black Friday Cyber Monday 2015

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Category: Take Action

On Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2015 support Ark of Hope for Children

by shopping with this link on Amazon.com! http://smile.amazon.com/ch/59-3585457

Thanks to Amazon Smile, throughout the Christmas and holiday season you can support Ark of Hope with every purchase! Survivors of #ChildAbuse #ChildTrafficking #Bullying #Depression #PTSD need the supportive virtual mentoring that Ark of Hope for Children provides. And you can do that while you shop, so it’s a Win-Win!

Take Action  Fundraising

 

Research Study for Adult Survivors

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Category: Take Action

 

Research Study

 

Adult Survivors of Child Abuse or Trafficking

 

Take Action  research study  Adult survivors

 

Forgiveness After Abuse: A Moving Target

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Category: General

 

Someone recently asked me if I believe in forgiveness for those that have abused me or others. I write about abuse frequently enough that this is a question I am familiar with. It’s also one that has no easy or quick answer but I will try and tackle it here.

 

Trauma  Forgiveness  Abuse

 

The Weekends, Alcohol, And Abuse: You Deserve To Be Free

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Category: General

The Weekends, Alcohol, And Abuse: You Deserve To Be Free


For many abuse victims the weekend can be a scary time. There is more time spent at home, more alcohol consumed, and more time spent with the abuser. All of this translates to what should be a couple days of relaxation away from school or work to a fearful couple of days trapped in a prison of a home instead.

Not every abuser consumes alcohol of course but the ones that do may tend to escalate their consumption on the weekends. This is bad news for children being abused and in homes where one of the parents are being abused. A scholarly article published by Case Western Reserve University Professor Megan R. Holmes, et al states:

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The Grinch: How Abuse Stole Christmas

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Category: General

 

The Grinch: How Abuse Stole Christmas

Today is a beautiful fall day in October. The leaves are changing, the temps are cooling, and everything pumpkin has invaded the stores. I love this time of year and Fall just might be my favorite season. I’d rather snuggle up in blankets and warm clothes than sweat it out any day of the year.

However, the holidays are not exactly something I get excited about. In fact, to be honest, I dread them. Before you stop reading this and assume I am a female Grinch please allow me to explain. I am a childhood abuse survivor.

Holidays  Halloween  Christmas  Child Abuse

 
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