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Stacy Pendarvis
Child Abuse Prevention Specialist, Educator & Consultant (& mom of 3).
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Some people are afraid of change, but change is often a good thing. I'm looking forward to the changes in my new updated website as my blog is now integrated with my website - which has been updated by my fabulous graphic designer and friend, Cara Moultis of Cara Cairns... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2012 at Empowered to Protect
Bully the movie opened in limited release today. Since 13 million students will be bullied this year, it's important to see the movie and it's time to take a stand! It's time to stop bullying! Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2012 at Empowered to Protect
The inactivity and failure to report by multiple adults allowed a former police officer and mother to repeatedly sexually abuse a 15 year old boy as well as potentially other victims. All adults must become educated on indicators and reporting and become empowered to protect children. Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2012 at Empowered to Protect
What is the best strategy for protecting kids from child sexual abuse, educating adults or children? I say both! Educating children, educating adults, screening volunteers and employees and implementing safety conscious policies and procedures, along with advocacy and legislation, and on a more basic level, parenting education, are all necessary in the effort to reduce child abuse. Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2012 at Empowered to Protect
I've been out of consulting and training for a while, but I'm back and ready to Empower Florida to Protect Children. Time to get busy - starting with the new name "Empower to Protect"!!! Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2012 at Empowered to Protect
About Face – Cartoon Characters Erased in a Hurry! Well isn’t that a quick turn of events… such is social media I guess. Someone says hoax and that makes it so. In my humble opinion, I don’t really think it’s relevant who started the cartoon craze (yes, even if they... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2010 at Empowered to Protect
The History of the Blue Ribbon Campaign for Child Abuse Awareness In the Spring of 1989, Bonnie Finney, a grandmother in Norfolk, Virginia took a stand against child abuse by tying a blue ribbon to the antenna of her van to symbolize her fight against child abuse. She chose blue... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2010 at Empowered to Protect
I’m amazed and inspired by all the cartoon characters on Facebook right now supporting child abuse awareness. I almost gave in, but then, on second thought I started asking…what good is all this awareness for kids who are currently being abused? How is it going to help us prevent child abuse? And why cartoon characters? But awareness is awareness I suppose, and it is a wonderful sight to see so many participate, so I’m not complaining! But to make a difference, awareness must lead to prevention, and I would like to see this entire Facebook event continue and evolve into a Facebook challenge of sorts, where every single person who changed their profile picture steps up to the plate to now take action. Because on December 7th when you wake up and change your profile picture and take your kids to school – and you go on about your normal life, I want you to remember this… For 6 million kids, “normal life” means being abused physically, emotionally, and sexually. At that moment you will either choose to be a part of the problem or part of the solution. What will you do on Dec 7th? Let’s talk about that! Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2010 at Empowered to Protect
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I am amazed and inspired by the courage of the 200 men who spoke out today on the Oprah show about the sexual abuse they suffered as children and also saddened by the torment they have experienced throughout their lives because of the abuse at the hands of adults who were supposed to love and protect them. I am also bothered by the fact children are not believed, not protected, not important enough for prevention to be funded at a level in this country that is sufficient to effectively teach adults how to protect them. Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2010 at Empowered to Protect
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200 men are stepping forward and speaking out (some for the first time) about the trauma of their own childhood sexual abuse in a special two-part episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show. As much courage as that took, you too can have courage and carry the message of child sexual abuse prevention forward. Darkness to Light Stewards of Children is the only evidenced based child sexual abuse prevention program that teaches adults to prevent abuse.Please watch, and then please be a part of the solution to end child sexual abuse, because it doesn’t have to happen – we can make it stop right now. Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2010 at Empowered to Protect
You see the news stories about a child who is sexually abused or hear from your teen about a friend of a friend whose picture was sent around on everyone’s cell phone. So you want to be a good parent, you want to keep your kid safe…you go online and start to research this and that and you quickly learn that it is an overwhelming task. Google child sexual abuse and you get 1.76 million hits. Google sexting and you get 3.36 million. So instead of you having to wade through the endless sea of information and figure out what is credible and worthwhile, I’ll find you the good stuff, the stuff that makes sense, the stuff backed by research, put out by credible professionals, that’s easy to read, the stuff that will really EMPOWER YOU TO PROTECT CHILDREN! Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2010 at Empowered to Protect
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