Your NAASCA Newsletter: for survivors / activists | June 2018
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Because of you, more kids are being protected,
more adult survivors served!

NAASCA has a single purpose, to address issues related to childhood abuse and trauma including sexual assault, violent or physical abuse, emotional traumas and neglect .. and we do so from two specific perspectives :

  • educating the public, especially as related to getting society over the taboo of discussing childhood sexual abuse, presenting the facts that show child abuse to be a pandemic, worldwide problem that affects everyone

  • offering hope for healing through numerous paths, providing many services to adult survivors of child abuse and information for anyone interested in the many issues involving prevention, intervention and recovery

Building a survivor community ...
because together we can do what we cannot do alone .   
Welcome to the June 2018 Newsletter

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Please encourage others to stay in touch too.

' Putting the Active in Activism '- this month's newsletter theme

June is National Safety Month in the US

Significant Dates for Activism in June:

J une 1st - World Narcissistic Abuse Awareness Day
  • Narcissistic abuse is a form of psychological and emotional abuse that is often invisible but has devastating and lasting effects.
  • The 'If My Wounds Were Visible' website has a page dedicated to this awareness day. Visit to learn what narcissistic abuse is, what the warning signs are, how you can get involved in the campaign, and to listen to the 2018 Telesummit.

June 4th - International Day of Innocent Victims of Aggression
  • The purpose of this day is to acknowledge the pain suffered by children throughout the world who are the victims of physical, mental, and emotional abuse.
  • It is guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which is the most rapidly and widely ratified international human rights treaty in world history.
  • To learn more please visit the United Nations webpage.

June 12th - World Day Against Child Labor
  • The purpose of this day is to shine a spotlight on the global need to improve the safety and health of young workers and ending all child labor by 2025.
  • Joint campaign with the World Day for Safety and Health at Work
  • To raise awareness about the issue of child labor the International Labour Organization has created a free .PDF based on this year's theme "Generation Safe & Healthy." You can download and share this document to help educate yourself and the public.
  • To learn more about ways you can get involved, visit the International Labour Organization's campaign webpage.

June 26th - International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
  • 2018 Theme: "Listen First" is focused on promoting listening to children and youth as the first step to help them grow healthy and safe. Watch and share the Listen First Campaign Youtube video here.
  • This campaign was established in 1987 with a goal to achieve an international society free of drug abuse and aims to raise awareness of the major problem that illicit drugs represent to society.
  • For information, conventions, and resources please visit the UN campaign webpage.

Have You Tried the Mobile-Friendly Version of NAASCA's Website?
People seeking info on the Internet with a smart phone can find us at our ' ' site designed especially for your smart phone or tablet!

The mobile website carries most of the info, tools, services, and resources we have on our regular site, but it is formatted to display better for easy viewing on all your mobile devices!

Easy to send a link via text message to let others know about NAASCA!

Volunteers Needed for NAASCA's Ambassador Project !

Calling All Our USA and Canada NAASCA Family!
To reach out more effectively to our growing membership and the public, we have created separate 'Regions' of North America to assign specific Regional Directors and Ambassadors to states or provinces.

These volunteers will be NAASCA's local representatives to answer questions and assist members in their region about NAASCA's website and services and be familiar with local resources. 
The volunteer Ambassador Project Coordinator, Terri Lanahan, will provide a small amount of required training to potential volunteer Ambassadors. Terri will want to feel there's a basic familiarity with our web site, projects, tools, services & resources .. and a commitment to represent NAASCA in one's state or province. 

It's also our preference that each Ambassador appear as a special guest on our "Stop Child Abuse Now" talk radio shows to tell their story .. what it was like as a child, in their adulthood, and now in recovery.

We'll offer links to the Ambassador's archived SCAN episode, social media profile on Facebook or LinkedIn, email address, and phone number on a list located on the Ambassador Page of NAASCA's website for anyone wanting to reach out to their area's Ambassador for support. 

Very flexible at-home volunteer position!!

You can make a big difference with a few hours a week!!

We currently need ACTIVE volunteers in these regions:

New England
New Hampshire
Rhode Island
North East
New Jersey
South East
North Carolina
West Virginia
South and West
Plains & Mountain
South Dakota
North West
Pacific South West
New Mexico
New England US
North West US

East Canada
West Canada
Western Canada
New Brunswick
Newfoundland & Labrador
Nova Scotia
Prince Edward Island
Eastern Canada
British Columbia
Northwest Territories
Yukon & Nunavut

If you would like to make the most of your NAASCA Membership by becoming a volunteer Regional Director or Ambassador, please contact:
Terri Lanahan, Project Coordinator
Phone: (406) 299-0253

What's Happening in Your Local Community ?
NAASCA's Calendar of Events tool is a listing of non-recurring events from all around the world! We list child abuse and trauma related gatherings like workshops, rallies, conferences, fundraisers, marches and so on.

You're holding events all over the globe! Whether you work for an agency or organization holding an event or just noticed an event you feel would be interesting or helpful, please keep your NAASCA Family updated by emailing those events  to our volunteer Calendar Manager, Carolin O'Hara : 

Find Ways to Get Active in Your Local Community At:

Looking for Ways to Be An Activist For Child Abuse ?

  • Contact your legislators and ask them to support bills that favor child abuse victim and survivor rights and bills that hold abusers accountable.

  • Search for worldwide events you can attend using the key terms "child abuse prevention" at the Eventbrite website.

  • Keep your eyes open to watch for warning signs and symptoms in children and teens and report any suspected abuse or neglect to your local child service or protection agency or the police.

  • Tell your story as a special guest on NAASCA's Stop Child Abuse Now talk radio show to spread awareness and encourage other survivors. (Email a request to NAASCA CEO Bill Murray for information on scheduling a date to be on the show.)

  • Make any kind of art to express how it feels to be a child living with abuse or a survivor living with the effects and share it with others.

  • Encourage your church, agency, or organization to use the assessment tools and resources at the Plan to Protect website to ensure they are doing all they can to meet standards of protection to keep the children they service from abuse.

  • Educate your family's children about child abuse in an age-appropriate way. If you’re uncertain how to approach it, contact your child’s physician, teacher, or a local children’s advocacy center (CAC) to learn about ways to have this discussion.

  • Start a dialogue and encourage others to talk openly. Have conversations with family members, co-workers, other parents, teachers, coaches, ministers, etc. about what you have learned about the problems of child abuse and prevention. Share links, resources, and stories on your social media such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, message boards, etc.

  • Write a song, poem, article, or book about your experience as a survivor and publish it or share it with others.

There are literally tons of ways you can become active in your community to make a difference. The ones listed here are only a few examples. If you know of other ways for survivors to be involved, share about it on NAASCA's social media. To find us and engage online, click the images below.

Have You Actively Participated in NAASCA's Radio Show ?

Your Voice Matters !

Call the phone number to the left to listen to the show.
Press an additional "1" to let the Host know you want to participate in the show.

Live Shows Air Six Nights a Week at 8 PM EST / 5 PM PAC

Sunday - Community Matters : open mike discussion of child abuse related articles from the News of the Week page on NAASCA's website.
(To submit articles you would like to have listed on the website and discussed on the show, please email links to NAASCA's volunteer MJ Goyings at:

Monday - Public Safety : open mike discussion of current community policing and public safety articles listed on NAASCA's sister website (Los Angeles Community Policing).

Tuesday - Q & A Night with Dr. Debra Warner: anyone can call in to the show and ask a question or suggest a topic related to public safety, violence prevention, or child abuse and trauma and Dr. Debra Warner, a Forensic Psychologist and Professor of Psychology, will give her perspective and help lead the discussion.

Wednesda y - Special Guest Night : a different speaker is interviewed each week discussing their personal stories of child abuse trauma, recovery, and activism. Listeners are invited to call in at the start of the show to participate in a panel that will offer feedback and questions throughout the show.

Thursday - **NEW** Professional Co-Host Night : a survivor of abuse who is in a professional field will be available to answer questions and discuss topics suggested by those who call in to the show. Each week features a rotating schedule of professionals including: Chaplain, Sexologist, LMSW-MS, Trauma-Informed Recovery Coach, and 12-Step-Based.
(See the show listing page of our website for more detailed information about each of our new co-hosts. )

Friday - Special Guest Night : a different speaker is interviewed each week discussing their personal stories of child abuse trauma, recovery, and activism. Listeners are invited to call in at the start of the show to participate in a panel that will offer feedback and questions throughout the show.
Don't Forget to Request Your Free Blue Ribbons !

 Wearing a  Blue Ribbon  is
a symbol of child abuse
awareness / advocacy.
Get a few  FREE   Blue Ribbons!  
NAASCA wants to increase the likelihood the public will eventually feel less of a taboo about discussing the four types of child abuse : childhood sexual abuse, violent abuse, emotional trauma, and neglect

As members of NAASCA we work together actively educating the public to encourage more discussion in favor of saving our kids from abuse, and to inform people how to find resources available through NAASCA.

How can YOU assist?

You can simply agree to accept a few  FREE   Blue Ribbons  and promise to get them out to your friends, family and community telling them about NAASCA and giving our website and social media links.

We also provide ribbon kits in  larger quantities at less than what it costs NAASCA , ... to pass out to family, friends and neighbors or to distribute at local community events.

Please email NAASCA's volunteer Blue Ribbon Campaign Coordinator, Sherry DiFonzo, to request your ribbons or ribbon kits today! 
A Note from Our Founder and CEO:
Healing from child abuse and trauma can be a very lonely journey .. but you'll never be alone again, a day at a time, if you don't want to be !!
NAASCA belongs to no other group and receives no outside funding. We're self-supporting through our own members' voluntary contributions.
Please consider a one time
or recurring donation .
Thanking you for all you do in the fight against child abuse and trauma and welcoming you to engage with your NAASCA family, I remain, as always,

Yours in service,

Bill Murray , Founder and CEO
National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse.   
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