National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse
National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse
EDITOR'S NOTE: Occasionally we bring you articles from local newspapers, web sites and other sources that constitute but a small percentage of the information available to those who are interested in the issues of child abuse and recovery from it.
We present articles such as this simply as a convenience to our readership ...
Here are a few recent stories and feature articles from a variety of media sources that are related to the kinds of issues we cover on our web site. They'll represent a small percentage of the information available to us, the public, as we fight to provide meaningful recovery services and help for those who've suffered child abuse. We'll add to and update this page regularly.
For anyone feeling overwhelmed, bullied, or depressed - this video will remind you of the strength you have within and the impact you bring to the world.
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KONY 2012 is a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice.
EDITOR'S NOTE: At first glance, this piece may seem "off topic" to our NAASCA cause. And it is, but ..
I present this powerful and important film, in the spirit of the FACEBOOK email exchange I had recently with my daughter, Ashlee, who's about to complete a college degree in communications. I myself have had an over 35 year career in film / TV.
She posted the link to me, saying:
Ashlee Murray: lets make something like this ..
Bill Murray: Dear Ashlee ..
As my daughter, you know very well how dedicated Daddy is to the causes he follows / promotes, and that I've been encouraging you, as you're finishing your studies at Film School, to recognize power of "the documentary film" as a creative, effective and meaningful social vehicle.
I've been waiting for the time when you'd say we should "make something like this" !
The KONY 2012 film is very well done .. it's moving and includes a terrific call to action. It's a cause I'm not surprised has had resonance, especially when coupled with the use of Facebook and other social networks to galvanize people, notably youth, to a previously hidden, yet desperately important, humanitarian cause.
As far as I know, there's no such work that's been done this effectively dealing with the issue of breaking the silence and taboo of speaking of the issues of child abuse .. but there should be .. so ..
I'll be happy to recommend the film, not only re-posting it here on Facebook, but also adding it to our NAASCA.org web site, and adding a few of my own comments as I do. For example .. I'll ask others to watch the film intently in support of the anti-KONY cause, but to also consider substituting certain of the facts in the piece with those that relate to the issues of child sexual abuse.
1) KONY = pedophiles / abusers / perpetrators (these are tens of thousands strong in our country)
2) scarred children = kids who are permanently damaged for life by the trauma of their abuse (there are over 39 million of them already suffering)
3) denial = our taboo of taking about the hidden epidemic of child abuse in America today (by which we sacrifice our country's TRUE treasure, our kids, at the rate of 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys who WILL BE assaulted before 18 years old)
One of the politicians in the film, Senator Jim Inhofe, (R)-Oklahoma, notes, "Of all the problems out there, none is more severe than one that mutilates and takes the lives of little kids."
As I said, I know of no recent film / video on the subject that's this well made .. but there should be. Let's take advantage, in the meantime, of films like KONY 2012 that can begin to point people's heart's in the right direction, toward the recognition that each of us DOES matter, and that each of us CAN make a difference in today's world.
Even if its doing "as little as" educating ourselves about the statistics of abuse, learning how we can protect the children in our own families, down the block and around the corner, there's a way for EVERYONE to be involved !
And yes, Ashlee, I totally agree .. "lets make something like this" ..
This 10 minute video, uploaded by "TEDxTalks", is beautifully made, and well worth your time. I recommend you watch it full screen and think about the naturally unfolding lives that are lost once a child experiences his / her abuse.
Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer, director, and producer whose notable career spans more than three decades providing breathtaking imagery for feature films, television shows, documentaries and commercials.
Japanese Lamplighter Facilitator Catherine Jane Fisher releases documentary
"Make Me Proud", is a 30 minute documentary film about an Australian woman, known to the public as "Jane", who was brutally raped in 2002 by a U.S. military serviceman. This is about her journey and the lives of other rape victims and survivors and their heart-rending stories.
We enthusiastically support The Lamplighter's effort, founded by Margie McKinnon, who has as a special guest on our "Stop Child Abuse Now" talk show on Nov 7, 2011. As of this writing, the organization has 83 recovery groups meeting in 13 countries, one of them Japan.
We'll schedule an interview on our show with Japanese Lamplighter Facilitator, Catherine Jane Fisher, who created the documentary above, as soon as possible.
Singer releases track about human trafficking
A home-grown singer has smashed into the UK singles charts this week with a song highlighting the crime of human trafficking. Lindsay 'Lindz' West grew up in Laburnham Road and went to Boyn Hill CE Infant and Nursery School and Altwood CE School in Maidenhead.
These days he fronts urban group LZ7 based in Manchester. On Monday the band released a single called Twenty Seven Million with Grammy nominated Christian musician Matt Redman.
Today the song is at number five in the iTunes UK singles chart and number 10 on the Amazon chart. The song is part of the A21 Campaign against the global organized crime which has an estimated 27 million victims who are trapped in modern day slavery.
The track was written by LZ7 and Redman and tells the true story of a girl trafficked from Eastern Europe into London's sex trade. Lindz said: "Our aim is to really make some noise for those that don't have a voice."