Child Abuse - It's time to talk.

"And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea." - Mark 9:42

 Once I got into high school, I began hearing stories of how my friends had been sexually abused.  As an adult, I still hear stories of how those I know have been abused.  Someone I once considered a good friend, is in prison for abusing children.  This is a topic that shoots a dart to my heart and brings out the "momma bear" in me.  *smiles*

In this day and time we must be aware of the warning signs of child abuse.  As caring Mommies, we want to protect our children from inappropriate TV, crude language, bullies, the flu and speeding cars.  But, we must also have our minds and eyes open so we can protect our babies from people who would physically take advantage of them.  

This isn't a topic most Mommies want to talk about.  We don't ever wish to suspect a relative, friend or our husband.  We feel "unfaithful" or distrustful or like a bad wife or daughter if we use caution and stay aware.  Perhaps you've never even considered observing your spouse or relative.  Well, now is the time to think, talk about it and put safety boundaries in place.  Openness and communication on this issue with those who are around your children on a regular basis can be a wonderful way to start!  

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