The Lamplighter Movement
Fill the world with Lamplighters
Change the face of a crying child
from this……………………. to …….. this.
Children of an untreated victim of childhood sexual abuse stand a five times greater chance of being abused themselves.
Punch a hole in the darkness!!
Become a Lamplighter
The Lamplighter Movement currently has 82 chapters in 10 countries
Please see our new Pinpoints of Light page on the left sidebar under Navigation
We must all stand together so that none must stand alone!
Provide a “home away from home” for other survivors,
a safe place where they can tell their story.
Support for adult survivors of child sexual abuse,
incest, domestic violence, rape and sexual assault
See my new addition, The Daffodil, to my Poetry Corner
Is this you??
We were not all created equal…
Some of us were sexually abused.
The Lamplighter Movement Salutes……
Every month we honor people who are working to make a difference in the fight against child sexual abuse. This month’s hero is David Pittman. David is the Executive Director at Together We Heal, a non-profit 501(c)(3), providing cost-free counseling and guidance for those who suffer from the trauma of Childhood Sexual Abuse. He is also the South Florida Support Group Leader For SNAP, a survivors network of those abused by priests. David is a dedicated and fearless leader in the fight on child sexual abuse. He is passionate about helping the world to find comfort and guidance. Through the wisdom in his blogs he has reached out to so many. David is truly a relentless giant in this field who hardly catches a breath as he slays dragons and tilts at windmills. The world and the Lamplighter Movement thank David for all he has given to our cause.
Executive Director · Fort Lauderdale, Florida · 2011 to present
South Florida Support Group Leader · Fort Lauderdale, Florida · 2011 to present
Angela Shelton – writer, director, actress, model, screenwriter, superhero, producer, film maker, comedian, teacher, author of Finding Angela Shelton
“Margie’s REPAIR books are a wonderful tool in the healing process. They are comprehensive, useful, and very much needed in the world. If you or someone you love is on the pathway to recovery then most certainly do the REPAIR work.“
Angela Shelton and me
The Lamplighter Movement salutes the work of
Ark of Hope and their statistics
- Child rape occurs every two minutes
- 1 in 3 girls will be sexually molested before the age 17
- 1 in 6 boys will be sexually molested before the age 17 (1 in 5 in Canada)
- A sex offender will molest an average of 120 victims, most of whom do not report it
- 90% of molesters abuse children they know
- Oftentimes, a sexually abused child is abused in other ways
Overall U.S. child abuse statistics
- Every 10 seconds a child is abused or raped
- 3.3 million child abuse reports in 2010
- For every report 2 more go unreported = many millions abused annually
- 61,000 reports to Child Protective services per week = 6 per minute
- Of 1.5 million runaways 85% are fleeing some form of abuse
- Only 10% of abusers do not know their abuser well
- Abuse victims = about 48% male, 52% female
- Every race and religion sees child abuse
Rescue the frightened child inside of you.
The REPAIR program took me from being married to my third abuser, suicidal, filled with despair and living part time in a women’s shelter to being the happiest person I know. Isn’t it time you were REPAIRed?. ……. Marjorie
All illustrations by Tom W. McKinnon
Stop the Silence at http://www.stopthesilence.org is helping to establish and promote Lamplighter survivor groups in collaboration with The Lamplighter Movement.
A CHILD’S BILL OF RIGHTS
1. A child has the right to decide who can and cannot touch any part of their body.
2. A child has the right, in fact the duty, to report to a safe person any time someone attempts to touch their body inappropriately.
3. A child has the right to set boundaries regarding any part of their own body.
4. A child has the right to dial 911 on the phone if they think they are in any danger from someone wanting to touch their body inappropriately and ask for help NOW.
5. A child has the right to be believed if they are honestly reporting any danger from someone touching or attempting to touch their body inappropriately.
6. A child has the right to run away or scream for help if someone approaches them in a manner that seems scary or “yucky”.
Please read these RIGHTS to your child frequently. They belong to them. Help them to understand what each one means.
Tell your child frequently:
“Your body belongs to you; you can decide who touches it.”
Copyright (c) 2011 by Marjorie McKinnon. All Rights Reserved.