National Child Abuse Awareness Month: Introductory Remarks

Prevent Child Abuse ribbonAs I stand on tiptoe, readying myself to launch into what is going to be a very important yet extremely painful month of campaigning, I have to take a moment to remind myself to breathe deeply; that this is not the first time I will be writing and testifying about these things; and that the pain in my chest and throat that I am feeling right now is not a heart attack: it is PTSD.

As some of you may know, I am an Adult Survivor of Childhood Abuse.  I carry a significant burden of PTSD from that.  It’s possible that my experiences as an abused child made me a better Child Abuse Investigator, when I was in practice as a pediatrician.  It certainly fueled my later career as an Expert Witness for the prosecution in child abuse cases.

In the coming days and weeks I hope to write my first-hand experiences as a pediatrician specializing in Child Abuse.  It will not be pretty.  Some of you might not want to read it.  That’s OK, I understand.

I’m uploading the Prevent Child Abuse ribbon for my sidebar.  I encourage you to swipe it and share it liberally.  Children are our treasures.  They depend on us to protect  them.  They have no one else.

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  1. Thank you for your bravery. It is a tough thing to bring the past to light much less to share it with the world full of strangers. I hope this helps you heal a bit.

    • Thank you. Although it’s often hard, I’ve learned that a little bit of light dispels a whole lot of darkness.

      • Darkness can be rather imposing until you realize that it is not the light’s job to cover, the darkness has to work hard to cover the light. The light just is does not have to do anything to dispel the darkness. The smallest candle can give light to the darkest room.

  2. I am also an Adult Survivor of Child Abuse. Thank you for making us all aware that the abuse is still going on. Congratulations on being a pediatrician. I speak about my PTSD for NAMI.

    • That’s wonderful that you’re hooked up with NAMI. I keep thinking about doing it but then I forget…maybe it will happen sometime. I had 20 wonderful years as a pediatrician. Then depression forced me to retire. I wanted to be like that lady in Georgia who kept up her peds practice until she was 104, but it didn’t work out that way. So I try to do what I can with my pen (uh, computer) instead. Not the same as getting drooled on a lot and watching your patients grow up, but it’s what I have, so I make do.

  3. Thank you!! I will put it on my blog.

    • Wow, thank you for reviving this post from 2013! Reading it reminds me that I’ve moved the direction of my blog more into exploring the internal tangles caused by the abuse I suffered as a child, the abuse I bore into adulthood because I thought I could somehow pacify and appease my abuser into being the loving mother I always longed for but never got…blessings, Rob…….

  4. Reblogged this on Art by Rob Goldstein and commented:
    please direct comments to the original post.


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