Sooz Jeson, Founder We, victim-survivors, can be mistaken for the face of an evil which was perpetrated not by us but by some whose responsibility was to teach us about God and what it means to live a holy life. We can also be mistaken for the face of a second evil-sin, the sin of others… Read More Holy Week Wonder
No Other Child Michael D. Hoffman In March 2011, Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, wrote: The voices of those who have been sexually abused as children are often heard only years, even decades, after the children have been hurt. In meeting with those who have been abused, I have heard again and again their heartfelt concern that no other child… Read More No Other Child
Roy A. Harley Executive Director Prevent Child Abuse Illinois My life has been so very gifted from the outset. I grew up in a wonderful family with seven brothers and sisters, loving and caring parents, lots of aunts and uncles, and over 100 first cousins. We lived in a pleasant community where we knew our neighbors,… Read More Child Abuse Prevention: A Personal Reflection
Kathy O’Connell, Founder It’s totally amazes me the way the Holy Spirit and God works in our lives. For days, I’ve been writing, deleting and rewriting my thoughts for this issue on child abuse. Finally, deciding to give up this invitation to write, I went to check the mail. Today, in the mail I received… Read More No One Deserves Abuse
Sooz Jeson, Founder The other day I attended a weekday morning Mass and was met with a pleasant surprise. It turned out to be the morning for the grade school children’s Mass. During Communion, the little ones, who have not yet received their first communion, walked up to the front arms crossed and walked back… Read More Created in the Image of God
Teresa Pitt Green, Founder Delight. A pinwheel is all about delight. It’s defined by action-words like twirling, spinning, whirling, swirling, dancing. It’s associated with favorite things like fireworks, holidays, toys, cookies and even pinwheel-shaped galaxies. Pinwheels really are a fitting image to promote Child Abuse Prevention event such as those our fellow Founder of the… Read More Pinwheels
TEENS AND LAW Sexting Penalties Deacon John Marques de Silva Director, Office of Child Protection Diocese of Arlington, Virginia In northern Virginia, local high schools in 2015 attempted to deal with the issue of sexting. Sexting may be defined as “the act of sending sexually explicit messages, videos or photos electronically, using a cell phone or… Read More Sexting
By Robert A. Orsi, PhD Can the Catholic Church change? Many survivors of clerical sexual abuse are confronting this question head-on today in the United States and around the Catholic world as they seek to act in faithfulness to what they have come to believe is their calling, specifically as victim/survivors of clergy sexual abuse, to… Read More Can the Catholic Church Change?
Among all its work, Prevent Child Abuse America holds “Pinwheels for Prevention” every April, Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Archdiocese of Chicago joins PCA in planting pinwheel gardens as a reminder of the role we play in protecting children’s and young people’s daily lives. If you would like to plant a pinwheel garden in your parish, please reach out to… Read More Pinwheels for Prevention
First thing to do if you want to get involved is learn more! The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) features extensive information about National Child Abuse Prevention Month, including ideas for how to learn more, how to get involved and how to share information with others to promote child safety. On a… Read More Get Involved!