National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse
National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse
- Videos and Posters -
EDITOR'S NOTE: From time to time, we'll use video and graphics to carry our message. We hope the additional vehicle will give us a new presence, as we use all the tools we can to spread awareness of the global pandemic of child abuse.
Please join us on our six-night-a-week talk radio shows "Community Matters" This Week (Sunday) & "Stop Child Abuse Now" (Monday thru Friday) They all air LIVE at 8pm EST / 5pm PAC for 90 minutes. Click here for info: www.blogtalkradio.com/naasca
The section of the page below features 15 short videos. Each is an essay that explains a portion of the NAASCA mission and our programs. They're all numbered, and here's the list of topics. Just go to the video you wish to view.
1) April is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention month
2) A Bit about the NAASCA mission - www.naasca.org
3) About our 'Stop Child Abuse Now' talk radio shows
1) April is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention month
April 1, 2019
Bill Murray, founder and CEO of the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (NAASCA), speaks of April as the month we survivors and advocates celebrate Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention. We do this, of course, all year long.
We're all responsible for outreach and fully half of NAASCA's mission is to educate the public. The other part is to offer hope, healing and meny services, tools, programs and resources th the still-suffering trauma survivor.
Bill also reminds us that wearing a Blue Ribbon is a simple yet effective way to show you are child abuse and trauma informed .. and willing to share!
Please do so!
2) A Bit about the NAASCA Mission
April 2, 2019
We have a single purpose at NAASCA, to address issues related to childhood abuse and trauma including sexual assault, violent or physical abuse, emotional traumas and neglect .. and we do so from two specific perspectives:
1) educating the public, especially as related to getting society over it's taboo of discussing childhood sexual abuse, presenting facts showing child abuse to be a pandemic, worldwide problem that affects everyone
2) offering hope and healing through numerous paths, providing many services to adult survivors of child abuse and information for anyone interested in the many issues involving prevention, intervention and recovery
Please share these videos, and our mission, in any way you can!
3) Our Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) talk radio shows
April 3, 2019
We do episodes LIVE six nights a week - 8pm EST (so 5pm PAC) for 90 mins.
All our shows are recorded and become on-demand podcasts in our ever-growing library (now approaching 2,700 episodes).
All feature community participation and use the same call-in number: 646 / 595-2118
We've been doing these shows for about ten years now. All the on-demand podcasts are found in our archives on the HOME page of the web site at: Current Schedule
4) NAASCA's Recovery Groups & Calendar tools
April 4, 2019
We feature several unique and valuable tools and services that will appeal to virtually every visitor to the web site. Among the most useful are our global 'Recovery Groups & Services' and our 'Calendar of Events' tools.
We've now completed what originally seemed like a daunting project, listing ALL the English speaking 'Recovery Groups and Services' and 'Calendar Events' we can find, not only in North America but from around the world.
Remember, these are living lists. You can help us by submitting any updates and / or corrections by writing to our dedicated NAASCA volunteer, Carolin O'Hara, in London, England, who diligently maintains these files daily.
Your active participation matters!
5) Starting a new Recovery Group
April 5, 2019
Can't find a local Recovery Group to attend? Why not start one yourself? No doubt you'll be joined by other child abuse survivors in your area!
We offer ideas for four different formats, two with well established organized organizations and two more casual and simple to launch.
Be sure to let us know once your newly launched group is established. We'll add it to our 'Recovery Groups and Services' tool! Just write to Carolin, in London, England, who regularly updates these files.
Let's get meeings in every community. They all need it. There are hidden survivors of child abuse everywhere!
6) Promotional & Fundraising tools
April 6, 2019
We now have a 'ProShop' at Vistaprint, designed to offer products with the NAASCA logos, business cards, posters, banners, signs, promotional materials, and printed supplies, etc.
Some things are quite inexpensive, some moderately priced and some a tad costly (banners & tablecloths, for example).
Many of these items are perfect for using as both awareness and fundraising tools, since you'll be able to offer a lot of them for free, and other, larger items, for 100% more than they'll cost you.
Donate what you make to NAASCA.
But wearing a T-shirt or passing out your business card is a terrific way to spread our NAASCA name!
7) Protecting Kids -- Teach 'Prevention'
April 7, 2019
Prevention is an adult activity -- Children are born as blank slates, completely innocent, vulnerable and malleable. They have no internal 'manual for growing up' so teaching them 'Prevention' (giving them age appropriate information about abuse issues) is an adult activity, an adult responsibility.
We're impacted as kids, imprinted, by the human interactions we experience as youngsters, starting at birth. That's when the very foundation of the rest of our lives is formed. As youth we accept our lives as 'normal,' at least until we're able to compare our upbringing with what we see in others.
We simply know no difference.
Intervention is an adult activity -- Recognizing child abuse and trauma isn't always easy, but it's an adult responsibility. Look for are changes in a child's behavior, attitudes and performance, different for young kids and those who are older.
We need to learn how to talk to children in a non-threatening way. There's a different approach for very young kids, for those a bit older and for teens. Try not to over-react or to express anger about what you're learning while you talk to a child.
If you have enough of the story to be 'suspicious' of abuse one needs to know how and where to report it. Ultimately the investigation of the crimes of child abuse is a job for the professional child welfare worker or law-enforcement.
But .. without our tips, predators will continue to abuse our children with impunity.
9) Recovery -- Our Healing Journeys
April 9, 2019
Primary to the mission at NAASCA is helping fellow child abuse survivors to get into Recovery, or on a 'healing journey'.
We recommend no specific path for recovery. There are many tools, and we recommend, and describe, them all.
Ministry, therapy, psychiatry, counseling, life coaches, peer-to-peer groups, 12 step programs, etc .. all are valid approaches. Tools include journaling, hypnoses, EMDR, body work, art therapy and many, many more.
The main thing is we have to learn to give up our secrets in appropriate ways, with appropriate people, because it's in doing so that we begin to relieve the burden of dealing with our trauma alone.
We want to help you have a happy, healthy, productive life, and meaningful relationships.
10) Check out our 'HIGHLIGHTS' page
April 10, 2019
A quick way to see what NAASCA offers is to look at the HIGHLIGHTS page on the web site. Many of the over 30 FREE services, projects, tools and our many many resources are succinctly listed there.
Our volunteers, made up of adult survivors on a healing journey and our many friends, believe in a three tiered approach including prevention, intervention and recovery.
We belong to no other group, and receive no outside funding. We do our work out-of-pocket, depending entirely on the voluntary contributions of our members, friends and supporters to be self-supporting.
We're all non-paid NAASCA Volunteers, and everyone is involved to some degree with OUTREACH (spreading the word about NAASCA's mission) and helping to FUNDRAISE (encouraging financial contributions to support our efforts).
11) NAASCA on Social Media
April 11, 2019
Among the many ways we communicate is via social media, and we have platforms of every sort.
NAASCA's web site is the portal for many of them, listed across the bottom of the HOME page.
You'll meet hundreds of fellow survivors and activists in our FB group(s) alone. The first one is PUBLIC.
But be sure to join our CLOSED group, too, because only fellow members can see what you say there.
When you join, we recommend that you introduce yourself in each group with a short post .. so that other folks will know you're there. You'll start making friends right away.
You'll never be alone again, a day at a time, if you don't want to be !!
12) Appearing on SCAN talk radio shows
April 12, 2019
We feature community participation on all our "Stop Child Abuse Now" talk radio shows. All you have to do is call in LIVE at 8pm EST (so 5pm PAC) on the dedicated number:
(646) 595-2118 -- six nights a week (no shows on Sat)
Wednesday and Friday are our 'special guest' shows. Most of the time our guests tell their personal trauma-related life stories in a conversational manner, speaking of their youth, adolescence and young adulthood.
The host will then have a guest explain how their trauma effected their later life. Finally, guests talk about their recovery and healing journey .. their solution .. and their hopes for the future.
We'd love to have you tell your story, too. Just send an email to me, Bill Murray, saying you'd like more info. But it's easy to participate and doing so is a huge attraction to the newcomer!
13) 'The Twelve Traditions'
April 13, 2019
I've had multiple comments over time about how pleased survivor community members are to have found NAASCA. Many correctly call it a truly unique non-profit.
There's a reason for this. Our group's guiding principals are based on our version of 'The Twelve Traditions' (not the Steps). We incorporate them as a protection to the organization and to you, the individual.
Many note they're surprised that such an organization exists, especially because so many non-profit and services efforts they'd encountered before offered disappointing support. A lot of groups don't even return phone calls, others have extensive rules and some are quite expensive.
I implore you to review 'The Twelve Traditions' on our web site, the basic spiritual principals that guide all our efforts.
14) Where We Stand - as a community
April 14, 2019
NAASCA isn't trying to 'eradicate' childhood trauma. That perspective's simply not an honest goal. Here's how I lead NAASCA.
As the Talmud says, “You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to desist from it." This is where we stand.
In our day, we're still largely at the beginning of the job at hand. A significant number of survivors are out there telling their secrets, breaking the taboo. It's a good start.
But now we're engaged in step two .. trying to create a community (a lot of this on line). It will take quite a while before we really act in a coordinated way, banding together in large impressive numbers for common events.
Frankly, it may take decades.
But we must do this work, and NAASCA's a place where we can come together, create community. That's a reasonable goal!
15) Contribute to NAASCA - volunteer and support us
April 15, 2019
Fifteen videos in April 2019 .. all posted in a group on our web site at an easy-to-remember place:
I want to conclude the series by reminding you there's a LOT to do in the fight against child abuse and trauma, and we're ready to help each other. We will always need more volunteers to assist, and there are many things to do.
For example .. everyone can do 'Outreach' .. spreading the NAASCA name and our mission. But contact Terri Lanahan, NAASCA's Secretary and coordinator of our volunteers, to see what other participation we need.
If you want to do presentations and / or fundraising events on our behalf I suggest you get in touch with Carol Levine, our Vice-president. She has a lot of experience in this area over the years, and will be happy to assist.
Tammy Shoffstall, NAASCA's Treasurer, keeps track of the books, and has been doing a terrific job, too. She reminds folks that we receive no outside funding or grants, and are entirely self-supporting through the voluntary contributions of our members. There are no dues of fees.
Our preference for making donations is to use the portal on the NAASCA web site for PayPal. You'll also find the mailing address for checks and money orders on the same page. We've made it easy-to-remember:
Finally, if you'd like to add your voice to the ever-growing library of 'special guests' who have appeared on our "Stop Child Abuse Now" (SCAN) talk radio shows just email me, Bill Murray, NAASCA's Founder and CEO. I'll be happy to forward info to you .. but they're easy. Or perhaps you'd like to become a SCAN talk show HOST. Write to:
Each of our four Board Members (Carol, Terri, Tammy and me) is working hard for our NAASCA family, along with dozens of other volunteer members, non of them paid .. and we hope you'll take up a role yourself.
Again, your contribution to NAASCA comes in two forms:
(1) by volunteering your time, energy and skills, and
(2) by supporting us financially.
We need, and appreciate, both .. and every little bit helps!
May God bless you and the children of the world, and God bless adult survivors of child abuse.
"Unlock The Door-Beyond Sexual Abuse," written by Deb Maybury, is available at Amazon.
Please ... steal, borrow, but SHARE these 30 posters and 30 essays year-round !!!
NAASCA Celebrated April as National Child Abuse Awareness Month
30 Posters and 30 Essays, once a day through April 2014
Each day in April 2014 NAASCA featured another unique offering to the community (one a day, 30 in all) encouraging those willing to speak out about child abuse. ..Our theme: Child Abuse lives everywhere, in every community -- don't be afraid to talk about it.
We hope the posters, associated essays and links we offered will get the conversation going!
We at the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (North America) are delighted to join our fellow activists in Great Britain and elsewhere in helping our Australian abuse survivor cousins celebrate their Blue Knot Day / Week! We're with you!!!
Happy Blue Knot Day / Week!!!!
Our first video - 2 min
May 11, 2012
by Bill Murray
America is experiencing an epidemic of child abuse.
Over 39 million Americans have been sexually abused, and an even greater number abused physically .. with violence.
Still others have experienced deeply damaging emotional traumas. And, sadly, 5 kids die each day from severe neglect.
One in 4 girls and one in 6 boys WILL BE sexually assaulted before they are 18 years old in today's society.
We must do all we can to overcome the taboo of discussing these issues.
Raising awareness is the only way to defeat the denial that we are sacrificing our children, America's TRUE treasure.