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The Blue Ribbon Project

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The Blue Ribbon Project

When a child is in a dangerous home environment, every effort should be made to get him or her to safety. However, healing doesn’t stop with providing a child with a safer home. Children who suffer abuse often continue to suffer in other ways long after they are separated from their abuser, showing symptoms years or even decades into adulthood. These symptoms can be devastating for them and their personal relationships.

Teenage suicide is a tragic event that is unfortunately more common than many people may realize. Though there is no one who is completely safe from this tragedy, some teens may be more at risk than others. People should always act if they believe that a friend or family member is exhibiting behavior typical of someone considering suicide. Dismissing the worry may lead to tragedy.

     For both children and parents, adoption is a life-changing event. Some couples choose to adopt because they are unable to have biological children; others pursue the option because they want to expand their family and offer a child a home. For children growing up in the often erratic world of foster care or in an orphanage, becoming part of a permanent family is a radically new experience that leads to a more stable life.

Abuse takes many forms against children, including emotional, sexual and physical. It can take place in school, at home, or in the community. There are a wide range of perpetrators, including parents, neighbors, teachers, children, and strangers.

Children who have dealt with maltreatment and abuse who serious changes in vital areas of the brain. These changes have been linked with schizophrenia, PTSD, depression, and drug addiction. Abuse during childhood massively increases the risk of victims turning to drugs and alcohol. They may have experienced verbal or emotional abuse, separation or discord with their parents, emotional or physical neglect, or abuse of a physical or sexual nature. Brain scans offer evidence of trauma, even if they had not been diagnosed with a particular disorder.

Many experts have referred to child maltreatment as mental health’s tobacco industry. Evidence has shown that a smoking habit directly causes physical diseases, and leaves us predisposed for others, evidence has also shown that abuse during childhood contributes to a variety of mental illnesses.

Domestic violence, or family violence, generally refers to the physical assault of children and women. This is generally carried out by a male relative, such as a father/husband, or boyfriend. The man is using violence as a means to control his children and his partner. He believes that it’s a male prerogative, something that he has no control over. Or, he may believe that his family is to blame for his behavior. Women can also be guilty of family violence, however, it’s unusual for violent women to show violence on the same scale as violent men have.

Abuse or maltreatment during childhood may shrink vital parts of the brain. Research from Harvard University has found that parts of the hippocampus had reduced in size, possibly explaining why childhood trauma results in psychiatric disorders, such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, and drug addiction. It’s this link that may allow researchers to find more effective ways of treating childhood abuse survivors. The research offers an explanation as to why childhood abuse sufferers are more prone to psychosis and drug abuse.

According to the National Children’s Alliance over 700,000 children are abused every year in the US. Just over 1,500 children die due to neglect and abuse every year, and Children’s Advocacy Centers serve over 300,000 child abuse victims across the country.

Child abuse doesn’t just leave physical scars, it also leaves a mark on the brain, and possibly the genes. According to The National Academy of Sciences, abused children who suffer with PTSD may experience a unique form of the disorder.
The study’s main aim was to determine whether patients with the same diagnosis have the same underlying biology despite different early environments.

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January 26th, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm: Volunteer Day: Join us for another volunteer day where we sort donations for Backpacks of Love and Mirah's Closet. More Info...


February 6th, 6:00pm to 8:00pm: Leadership Team Information Session: Looking for a great Volunteer Opportunity? Join us for this Information Session to learn more about our Leadership Team. More Info...


February 8th, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm: Speak Up...Speak Out Child Abuse Awareness Training: Join us for this free Child Abuse Awareness Training Program for Professionals More Info...


 March 12th, 7:00 pm: RED Day 2020 With Keller Williams Flagship of Maryland-RED Day 2020 | Caps vs Red Wings‎ Fundraiser: More Info...


April 11th, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm: Speak Up...Speak Out Child Abuse Awareness Training: Join us for this free Child Abuse Awareness Training Program for Professionals More Info...


 April 26th, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm:  Fourth Annual Blue Ribbon Project Open House and Family Fun Day: Join us for our annual Open House and Family Fun Day! More Info...