Father's Day and Jerry Sandusky
Father's Day is not a fun one for me. As some of you know, my father is a child molester and I was one of his victims. I know I am not alone in experiencing mixed emotions during Father's Day and some have different reasons than my own. However, there are some great dads out there and they deserve to be honored. If you are one of those dads, and you know who are even if you did not receive a new drill or tie, Happy Father's Day. Keep up the good work. Your kids need you. You are significant in their lives and you must never forget it--even on your worst of days.
Father's Day and Money
According to the History Channel American’s spend 1 billion dollars each year on Father’s Day gifts. That’s a lot of money. I am sure many dads deserve to be honored with gifts on this designated day to honor, but I can think of many more deserving ways to spend that much money.
The 103.8 billion cost of child abuse and neglect includes more than $33 billion in direct costs for foster care services, hospitalization, mental health treatment, and law enforcement. Indirect costs of over $70 billion include loss of productivity, as well as expenditures related to chronic health problems, special education, and the criminal justice system. (source)
. . .it is impossible to calculate the impact of the pain, suffering, and reduced quality of life that victims of child abuse and neglect experience. These “intangible losses”, though difficult to quantify in monetary terms, are real and should not be overlooked. Intangible losses, in fact, may represent the largest cost component of violence against children and should be taken into account when allocating resources. (PCAAmerica)
Jerry Sandusky Stands Trial
So, where does that leave me? Well…hopeful. Not for me—I feel like one of the lucky ones; I’ve found help. I’m hopeful for the men who have yet to reach out for help because what they need is right at their fingertips. The resources they believe are unattainable are within sight. The next three weeks of media bombardment need not be sustained alone and without defense—the bunker is much stronger, much larger and much fuller than anyone might think. To feel less alone and to get a glimpse at some of the millions strong in this bunker, visit 1in6.org/men/other-guys-like-me/.
Kimberly S. at Sperk*
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