Addressing Childhood Sexual Abuse

Maureen Ruhl is a wife, mother, grandmother, sister and best friend. She loves painting, gardening, photography, attending meetings with  The Chapman Wordweavers Society, mentoring and volunteering her time assisting abused children. Oh, did I mention she is a survivor? Yes, a survivor, but don’t you dare call her a victim. She won and she’s proud of that! 

She’s still here living each day to the fullest, educating others to protect children from the same set of circumstances she rose from. Last year, Maureen re-released a book titled, Frozen Tears. It educates parents how to start a conversation about sexual abuse with their child.Explore a new activity book by author and survivor Maureen Ruhl. Maureen’s goal is directed to help start the conservation of childhood sexual abuse with your child or a child that is suspected of being sexually abused.

Maureen grew up in a time when people were too embarrassed and unable to talk to their children and/or grandchildren about child sexual abuse. They did not know how they should approach the subject. Most would not know where or how to find the right words. If their words would help the child, confuse the child more or scare the child. This activity book is an excellent teaching tool for counselors, teachers, doctors, nurses, etc. It will help both the adult and the child on their way to discussing the subject of child abuse. It can be a difficult and uncomfortable topic to discuss, in fact I would hope so! It was a difficult subject to write about but it finally opens the door to true, constructive, dialog and finally puts an end to excuses. 

Leading national organization RAINN reports;

  • One in 9 girls and 1 in 53 boys under the age of 18 experience sexual abuse or assault at the hands of an adult.
  • Every 9 minutes child protective services substantiates, or finds evidence for, a claim of child sexual abuse
  • 82% of all victims under 18 are female.
  • Females ages 16-19 are 4 times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.

The effects of child sexual abuse can be long-lasting and affect the victim’s mental health. Victims are more likely than non-victims to experience the following mental health challenges:

  • About 4 times more likely to develop symptoms of drug abuse
  • About 4 times more likely to experience PTSD as adults
  • About 3 times more likely to experience a major depressive episode as adults

With these statistics we need to talk to our children and make them aware of the hidden dangers, but how? First we must learn how to start a conservation with our children about sexual abuse; if we want to protect them and/or help them.

To purchase Frozen Tears, send a check or money order for $7.95 to:
‘Welkam Ruhl Haus’
131 8th Street
Suite 2
Renovo, Pennsylvania 17764

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