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Parenting Impossible – The Special Needs Survival Podcast

Sep 21, 2022

Sensitive Topic Warning: Host Annette Hines discusses child abuse and child sexual abuse in this episode. She introduces the episode by reflecting on the report of the abuse of a young man with disabilities in a group home in southern Illinois published on, noting that the incidence of abuse is much higher for youth with disabilities. 

Her two guests, Dr. Amy Saltzman, founder and director of Spot a Spider, a program to prevent abuse, and 30th Circuit Court Judge Honorable Rosemarie Aquilina who oversaw the trial of U.S. gymnastics doctor and convicted abuser, Larry Nassar bring to light the behaviors of abusers and the importance of providing kids and community members the language to report abuse. Abuse is when someone you trust uses their power to hurt you. Preventing abuse starts with empowering ourselves to speak out when something is wrong, and believing and affirming our kids or others when they tell us.

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