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Healing as a Family After Child Sexual Abuse

April 3, 2018 | BY Joyful Heart Foundation | FILED UNDER JHF BLOG >

Nancy Nesbitt is the parent representative on the Connecticut Governor’s Task Force on Justice for Abused Children. She applies her perspective and experiences as a mother of children who were sexually abused at a young age to her work. The task force serves to coordinate agencies in the investigation, intervention, and prosecution of child sexual abuse and serious physical abuse cases.

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The Intersections of Disability and Violence

March 23, 2018 | BY Joyful Heart Foundation | FILED UNDER JHF BLOG >

NPR called it the “assault epidemic no one talks about.” Each year, people with disabilities—physical, mental, intellectual, and others—face disproportionate rates of sexual and domestic violence. And too often, they do not receive the support they need.

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Introducing Joyful Heart en Español

March 8, 2018 | BY Joyful Heart Foundation | FILED UNDER JHF BLOG >

Joyful Heart’s website now offers Spanish-language resources to make our educational materials about sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse accessible to those who speak Spanish, including the more than 40 million Spanish speakers in the United States.

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6 Tips for Parents Talking About Dating Abuse

Parents who suspect their child is in an unhealthy relationship may not know how to help. Parents can begin discussing healthy relationships and signs of dating abuse with their children before they even begin dating. Here are six tips on how parents can navigate having conversations about dating violence with their children.

1. Educate yourself.

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2017 In Review: Thank You For Sharing Our Joyful Journey

Hope. Joy. Possibility. We were founded on these values and in 2017, they are at the heart of everything we do.

The volume on the conversation about sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse is up and getting louder every day as all eyes, ears, and hearts are turned toward these issues. The collective voices of survivors are powerful, strong, and undeniable. We are surrounded by meaningful change. And we aren’t going back.

It’s been an extraordinary year for our work at Joyful Heart.

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Reflections on Wednesday Night’s SVU, the Stanford Case, and My Own Pursuit of Justice after Sexual Abuse

October 31, 2016 | BY Maile Zambuto | FILED UNDER JHF BLOG >
Cases like this—and all that they represent—hit home for me in many ways. They touch me deeply as someone who has been immersed in these issues all of my life, as a survivor working to heal every day from the trauma of sexual violence, and as an advocate for my entire career.
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Supporting a New Frontier of Anti-Sexual Violence Work

I was pleased to join the work of 1in6.org as a new Board Member in June. In the three-plus decades that I have been involved in the anti-violence movement, I have witnessed the movement grow to reach new constituencies, and embrace new approaches unique to the needs of particular client groups.
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Forgiveness vs. Reconciliation

In my experience, one path to true happiness and freedom is forgiveness, which is why I love writing about it.
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Fill in the Blank

Earlier this year, Parul Sehgal wrote an essay examining “compulsory survivorship”—the tendency to label everyone who has had an abusive or unwanted sexual experience as a survivor.
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No More Silence: It’s Never Too Late to Start Healing

I found an old photograph recently. It’s a flimsy, bent Polaroid print of myself as a child.
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