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“Two Reasons Why I Won’t Report My Child Abuse”

Excerpt from The Teenage and Young Adult Survival Handbook By Steve Simpson

“The first reason is I know that I could be better in school. I know I mess up at home. The clothes I wear. The way I have my hair. The attitude I have. The trouble that I get in. I bring it on myself. If I were a better person these things probably wouldn’t happen to me. Ever since I can remember, I have been told by my parents that all the problems at home are my fault. People have it worse than I do.” These are the thoughts of many who are being abused and the first reasons why they won’t report it.

What I discovered was that even children who do fantastic in school, never get in any trouble, and do everything “right” still get abused by their parents or abusive adults in their home. Their parents even called them the same names as me and they were model children. I’ve found it has nothing to do with the way I act at all. It has nothing to do with who I was. It has nothing to do with the children. It has to do with the adults. Child abuse and discipline have nothing to do with each other. People who abuse children do it because of their own sickness, be it alcoholism, drug abuse or other problems they have.

“I knew my father or my mother’s boyfriend had no right to abuse me but I always felt that my mother would get in trouble for it.” This is the thought of many abuse victims and the second reason why they don’t report it. Even though they are getting abused they still try to protect the non-abusing/co-dependent parent. What I offer to those children is you would not so much be getting your parent in trouble, but you would be getting them help. Most authorities get them to go to therapy, which would stop that parent from allowing abuse to themselves and others in the future, therefore making their life better. So by protecting yourself you’re actually not getting anyone in trouble but protecting them and getting them help as well. Even the abusive adult could end up getting help as a result of you reporting it. Nobody should abuse you, period!

If you are being abused in any way, sometimes the abuse looks like it’s becoming less frequent. Don’t be fooled by this. It could suddenly pick up again and get worse. It will not stop unless you do something to stop it. Speak to a teacher, guidance counselor, school social worker or psychologist. Counselors from community centers and sometimes even people from local churches will know what to do and how to get you help. You can call Child Protective Services for your local area. Nobody should be abused in any way. You are no exception. You are worth getting help.

Approximately 5 children die a day as a result of child abuse. For those who suspect child abuse whether it be a relative or neighbor, it always amazes me how people will call 911 simply because someone parked in the wrong spot or put the garbage out on the wrong night, yet they won’t get “involved” in possibly saving a child’s life or at a minimum their childhood (not to mention the problems they will have as an adult as a result of their abuse). As responsible people we are already “involved”.

If you suspect child abuse it probably does exist. Don’t make excuses or protect and enable the abuser. Protect who you are supposed to protect, the children.

 

About Steve Simpson
Steve Simpson is a child advocate, child abuse survivor and media commentator who just released The Teenage and Young Adult Survival Handbook — a small guide that is modestly tucked inside in all four of his YA adventure novels which covers most of the topics plaguing young people today—suicide, bullying, sexual abuse, physical abuse, verbal abuse, self-worth, being the child of an addict, living in a dysfunctional home, surviving school and more. Simpson was even recognized by President Barack Obama, former New York governor David Paterson and the County Executive of Nassau County for his efforts on behalf of abused children.

 

Logic Announces Publication of SUPERMARKET

Last week Simon & Schuster announced the publication of SUPERMARKET by Bobby Hall—a.k.a. Logic, the Grammy-nominated , platinum-selling Def Jam Recording artist—on March 26, 2019. Logic formally announced the book’s publication on Instagram and Twitter to his millions of followers, and the response has been explosive. SUPERMARKET is Bobby’s debut novel, and proves that he has outsized creative talents beyond the confines of a recording studio. It’s a deftly written, darkly funny, dazzling novel.

Scholastic Events Feat. Raina Telgemeier, Kazu Kibuishi and More During NYCC

New York Comic Con is arriving soon! Scholastic is celebrating the most exciting pop culture event on the East Coast in a big way; with an all-star lineup of authors and artists, special announcements, and panels that can’t be missed!

A full list of events and activities available during the show floor can be found below.

Press seating is limited so get your spots while you can!

They are also happy to provide assets after the show for inclusion in any post-convention coverage.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Friday, Oct. 5th at 4:00 PM-5:00PM: Share Your Smile: Spotlight on Raina Telgemeier

Location: Shop Studios, Level 4, 528 W 39th St

Raina Telgemeier, the bestselling, Eisner Award-winning author behind Smile, Sisters, Drama, and Ghosts, talks about her books, life, and what comes next. Go behind the panels to learn about this beloved author and hear an exclusive announcement.

Ticket Price: $22.00

You do not need a New York Comic Con badge to attend this event. Ticket price includes a signed copy of Smile and a Raina gift bag including a sample of her next book

6:00PM-8:00PM: Books of Wonder Graphic Novel Superstars

Location: 18 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

A moderated Q&A, followed by a group signing

Participants: Raina Telgemeier (Smile), Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet), Molly Ostertag (The Witch Boy), Gale Galligan (The Baby-sitters Club graphics novels), Kristen Gudsnuk (Making Friends), Luke Pearson (Hilda and the Troll), Gustavo Borges (Petals), Sean Rubin (Bolivar)

Sunday, Oct. 7th:

2:00PM-3:00PM: The Drawesome Panel

Location: Shop Studios, 4th level, 528 W 39th St

See the creators of your favorite kids comic draw live! Graphix authors answer audience questions and demonstrate how they make the characters kids love. Attendees will receive an exclusive signed poster!

Panelists: Kazu Kibushi (Amulet), Raina Telgemeier (Smile), Molly Ostertag (The Hidden Witch), Gale Galligan (The Baby-sitters Club graphic novels), Kristen Gudnsuk (Making Friends), and Ru Xu (NewsPrints)

Ticket Price: $22.00

Attendees will receive their choice of pre-signed paperback book from the panelists + a Graphic gift bag including an exclusive poster

Panels at the Javits Center (a NYCC badge is required)

Thursday, Oct. 4th:

4:00PM-5:00PM: Women of AFK: Books based on Halo, World of Warcraft, & Five Nights at Freddy’s

Location: Javits Center, Room 1B03

Game developers, authors, and publishers are taking gaming offline and expanding the world of your favorite video game brands through books. Hear from the women behind the books for Five Nights at Freddy’s, Halo, and World of Warcraft, and more.

Panelists: Cassandra Rose Clarke (Halo: Battle Born), Chloe Fraboni (Senior Editor, Scholastic), Carly Anne West (Hello Neighbor: Missing Pieces)

Saturday, Oct. 6th

11:00AM-12:00PM: Archie Comics Forever: Riverdale and Beyond

Location: Javits Center, Room 1A24

Join your pals from Archie comics for exclusive news and announcements about your favorite comics!

Plus, get a look at Riverdale Season 3 and Netflix’s Chilling Adventure of Sabrina series!

Sunday, Oct. 7th

2:45PM-3:45PM: Futurecasting

Location: Javits Center, Room 1A18

Is science fiction innately optimistic, even it the outlook is dire? After all, even if characters are struggling in a non-utopian environment, one can argue that the fact the mere existence of humans in the future is a triumph of the species in itself.

Photo Ops

Oct. 4th through Oct. 7th

All Day: The Hunger Games Street Team

Location: Javits Center

Katniss Everdeen will be at the Javits Center with the Hunger Games street team to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games street team will distribute Hunger Game stickers, and attendees can take a photo with Katniss and tag Scholastic on social media in order to be entered for a chace to win a boxed set signed by Suzanne Collins.

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