Thank you for taking a moment to connect with me. Today, I write to you about creation. I’ve noticed these last six months that my life is truly a creation by which I get to determine how it looks. I know it sounds a bit wild, however, I must admit, that even as a therapist, a supervisor, a business owner, a mom, and a strong, independent woman, I honestly always believed that my life was the product of what other people said it was. If someone said I was controlling, well.... especially if they were influential in my life, I believed them to be true. I listened to what others said and thought, and those opinions were my definitions of who and what I was in the world. It’s only been recently that I can genuinely say, “Does that line up with the life I want?” and if the answer is no, I can subtly discard it as though it’s a stick floating downstream in a river. I want to create a life that is surrounded with possibilities, hope, growth, expansion, openness, willingness, listening, kindheartedness, genuineness, humility, friendship and love. I want to create a life where my world looks open and ready, able and interested, in being good by itself.
So I look at this world I have folded into. I look at the mission to end child abuse and neglect. I look and hear my voice speaking out and up about the possibility... and I know, while a small few doubt me, judge me, and even criticize me, I know, I AM CREATING A LIFE THAT IS POSSIBLE. Want to join me?
Let’s just start with some really cool things...
First: We have an anonymous community now where survivors can go and talk, ask questions, vent, and get supported by their peers. You can check it out here.
Second: We are ready for volunteers. We need people to help spread the word, plan events, coordinate community engagement, and so much more. This is going to take an army- join us in changing the world. <3 You can sign up to volunteer here.
Lastly: Our website is ready and rockin’. Our team has been hard at work these last six months rebuilding, rebranding, expanding, informing and working toward the change we need to see in the world. So check it out, sign the pledge, get information, and join us.
See you soon.
All my love,
Lori Poland, Founding Executive Director
Healing from Childhood Abuse: Is It Possible?
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Reading is essential to a child's development and is a fun, easy way to practice positive parenting. Celebrate National Read a Book Day with us on September 6 by starting a new habit! For babies, try singing the text of a book to keep their attention. Learn more tips for better engagement while reading to your kids by following the links below.
EndCAN is committed to growing a community of survivors to end child abuse and neglect. We recently launched the Louder than Silence: Ending Child Abuse and Neglect Survivor Community through Inspire. Inspire is a free, online community of support groups where people exploring health conditions can feel safe, be authentic, anonymously discuss their experiences, and learn from other people who have “been there.” Anonymously ask questions about your experiences with child abuse and neglect, get support from other survivors, and join us in the movement to create a world safer for future generations.
On August 22, 1983, EndCAN's Founding Executive Director was kidnapped from her front lawn at the age of 3 years old. Listen to the Louder than Silence podcast to hear about her journey as a survivor, how she eventually co-founded EndCAN with the pediatrician who treated her, Dr. Richard Krugman, and more in-depth conversations with experts in the field of child abuse and neglect about how we can create a safer community for future generations. The Louder Than Silence podcast is available on your all of your favorite podcast platforms.
One of the easiest tools anyone can use to better understand their mental health is an anonymous mental health screening you can access at your fingertips. It’s quick, free, and secure - check in with yourself today.
Social distancing does not mean you are alone. If someone is hurting you, abusing you or neglecting you, call the National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-4-A-Child (1-800-422-4453)or contact your state hotline which can be found here. Help is on the way.
If you suspect a child is being abused, neglected or exposed to an unsafe situation, trust your instincts and call the National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453).
The National Foundation to End Child Abuse and Neglect (EndCAN) raises awareness of the health, mental health and public health impacts of abuse. EndCAN focuses on funding research; investing in innovative child abuse prevention and treatment; and supporting survivors. All is made possible thanks to your donations and support.
We thank you for being part of the change!
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