Don’t know how to talk to kids about sexual abuse?

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Hi, I'm Carolyn. I'm an author, speaker, writer, and mom on a mission —

to educate and encourage adults to talk to the children they love about sexual abuse.

Because sometimes the only thing between you and protecting your kids 

is an ongoing conversation. 


How My Father Protected Me
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& message to adults

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to help you begin the conversation
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New and Noteworthy:

Rise and Shine Movement is excited to host Show Hope’s Empowered to Connect simulcast on April 10 & 11 at Faith Church of Worcester in Fairview Village, PA. Join us for this two-day conference designed to help adoptive and foster parents, ministry leaders, churches, and professionals better understand how to connect with “children from hard places” in order to help them heal and become all that they can be.

For more information or to register, click HERE.


We need YOUR help! April will be here before we know it, so TODAY is a great day to begin talking to your office, church, or school, youth sports organization or team, school community service or mom’s group about joining our 2nd Annual Great Teddy Bear Drive for sexually abused children!

It’s an easy way to spread awareness and show a hurting child some love.

Will you help? Click HERE for more information.



Together we can protect the children of the world.


Recently On The Blog:

Children Don't Tell Because They Protect

10/16/2014 by: Carolyn Byers Ruch

Abused children amaze me. They spend their childhood freely giving unconditional love, often to spend their adulthood recklessly seeking it. 

And so it was with a survivor friend who wrote The Tearless Princess, a creative exercise used to assist in her healing.

Here’s an excerpt describing her molestation:

“Then one day, Princess Marissa was on her way back to the castle when she was attached by a pack of gypsies. They tore her beautiful purple dress right off her and ran away, leaving her with nothing to cover herself. Princess Marissa was so upset, but she did not shed a tear. She was so ashamed and embarrassed, but she told no one . . . especially her father the king. She knew if she did, he would have all the gypsies in the kingdom killed.”

Children are protectors. Dr.Wess Stafford, president of and CEO. of Compassion International, writes in his book, Too Small to Ignore: Why the Least of These Matters Most, “Child psychologists study this phenomenon with great amazement, as it has occurred throughout history. They have found that children can keep awful, awful secrets to protect the ones they love.” (Page 141) Stafford knows this well. A survivor of horrible abuse at the hands of house parents and teachers at a mission school, he and many other missionary kids kept silent of their abuse—for years.

Princess Marissa knew, if she told her daddy, the king, he would be upset and the kingdom would be in chaos. And because her abuser was somebody who her family knew, trusted, and loved, she chose to protect everyone, except herself.

She concludes her paragraph with this line: “The princess went on with her life as if nothing had happened, but a piece of her soft heart became hard like stone.”

She protected others and in the process lost the sweet softness of her child heart; as an adult she spent years trying to find it and make it soft again.

It is an adult’s job to protect children from childhood sexual abuse. Children must be encouraged that they can come to you with anything. And parents must affirm that there is nothing they could say or do that would impact your love and care for them.

Teach children about childhood sexual abuse. So we can protect. So they can know. So they can tell.

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