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  • Writer's picturePriya Thomas

Empowering Healing: A Mindful Approach to Child Abuse Prevention

April marks a significant month dedicated to raising awareness about child abuse prevention. It's a time to reflect on the staggering statistics that remind us of the silent battles many children endure. As Dr. Priya Thomas from Mindful Pediatrics shares in her latest Wednesday Wisdom session, one in four girls and one in 20 boys in the United States are victims of sexual abuse. These numbers likely fall short of the reality, given the number of unreported cases.

Recently, Dr. Thomas received a call that no pediatrician ever wants to receive—a call from a mother whose child had been sexually abused. It was a call that took immense courage to make. Dr. Thomas's response was immediate and unwavering support, guiding the family to the professional resources they needed, including a trauma-informed therapist.

In her message to the family, Dr. Thomas emphasized three critical affirmations:

1. "I believe you." Acknowledging the child's experience is the first step towards healing.

2. "This is not your fault." No child is ever to blame for the abuse they've suffered.

3. "What happened is not okay, but we will heal together as a family." Affirming that while the situation is unacceptable, there is a path forward through support and collective healing.

These words are not just a comfort; they are a beacon of hope for families navigating the aftermath of abuse. They remind us that while the journey may be fraught with challenges, it is one that does not have to be walked alone.

As we continue to bring light to this issue, let's remember the importance of creating safe spaces for children to speak their truth and the role each of us plays in fostering a world where every child feels heard, believed, and supported.

For more mindful parenting tips and resources on child abuse prevention, visit Dr. Priya Thomas's website. For those looking to deepen their understanding and engage in meaningful conversations about child abuse prevention, Dr. Thomas recommends the book "Ella's Choice" by Dr. Gaiathry Jeyarajan. This essential read is highlighted in her recent blog post titled "Protecting Our Future: The Critical Role of Conversations in Child Abuse Prevention"



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