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Airway Heights, WA, United States
I'm a retired lady who is enjoying writing to help others. My husband and I have 4 children, 14 grandchildren (1 is in heaven), 7 great grandsons and 3 great granddaughters. We enjoy riding ATVs & camping, and spending time with family & friends. In the past I have been a church youth leader, cub scout and 4H leader, and studied under the Sitka Christian Counselor's Assoc. My first book "Father, Forgive My Father" was published in 2005, and you will see references to it throughout my blogs. Now I'm writing magazine articles & building my platform for my book. Currently I am enjoying being on talk radio interviews. I am also available to present my workshop "Becoming God's Woman" to church and women's groups. My greatest desire is to see people set free from the bondage of sexual child abuse and become healed and free children of God, ready to soar to new heights of victory and have life more abundantly. THIS is what God wants for His children. In the new year 2012, I intend to write more frequently on this blog, so visit us often.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Tighten Our Child Sex Abuse Laws

I know, some of you may be getting tired of hearing me repeat myself, but this is a subject that is dear to my heart...NOT abuse, but in trying to get help for victims of abuse, whether it be sexual or other. I continue to read about so many young people who continue to suffer abuse in a nation that looks the other way and deny that it is happening. What is it going to take?

The scars of abuse "leave emotional bloodshed" on
all of us by the guilt of not doing enough in our societies to help and make a difference. It is also on all of us as a financial burden due to the numbers of humanity who have to be locked up. Our prisons today are FULL of perpetrators who were victims themselves...it has snowballed from generation to generation, and is a burden on all of society. We MUST stop this horrendous epidemic (and THAT is what it is...no matter what anyone says) so that our children and grandchildren don't continue to pay in future generations for our denial and complacency.

All child abuse should be reported and dealt with, and punished (not just with a slap on the hand and let out to abuse again...but to the full extent of the law). I live in the U.S. and there are a number of states who are mightily tightening their laws on child abuse. Claire Reeves (who wrote the promo for the back cover of my book) has been instrumental in getting these laws changed...one main state was California. Claire is the Founder/President of MASA (Mothers Against Sexual Abuse) and she works tirelessly in government to tighten these laws.

Also, when we traveled abroad a few years ago in the Caribbean, I did a little research on my own while we were on tours. I asked our guides in each city we stopped, "Do you have much child abuse here." In every instance they would answer with words to the affect "No, you touch the child, you do life in prison." It was no 3 strikes and you're out...ONE time and you do LIFE in prison. These little countries have made the effort that it takes to get their laws changed. This is what needs to happen in every state of the US and in every country of the world.

Thanks again ShoutLife friends for all the efforts that YOU make where you live. And please, whoever reads this and knows of someone who needs healing from abuse, please refer them to my book, "Father, Forgive My Father". It is being called "the roadmap to recover" all across the country, and praise God, it is healing people so that they can live victorious lives through the healing power of Jesus Christ. With current statistics what they are (1 in 4 girls and 1 in 5 boys abused by the age of 18) almost everyone knows someone who has been abused or, unfortunately, has been abused themselves. Those are the "published" statistics; who knows how high the numbers really are. So, put on your thinking caps, and open your eyes, and be more aware of your surroundings and those who may need your help.



"The only people who are truly free are the ones who live in a continual spirit of forgiveness."

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