CARE House of Oakland County: It shouldn't hurt to be a child.
CARE House of Oakland County: It shouldn't hurt to be a child.

“Won’t this be more harmful?” 

“But they seem fine!”

“Can’t we just go back to normal?”

We often hear these and other kinds of concerns expressed from parents about therapy for their children following a disclosure of child sexual abuse.  While we know that CARE House is a symbol of hope, we know that for the families we work with that it can also be a reminder of sadness. An all too real reminder that child sexual abuse exists no matter where you reside, and that 90% of the time, an abuser is someone a child and their family knows, loves, and trusts.

For everyone, childhood is a time when many critical developmental changes occur, and we form connections that influence how we will perceive the world around us later in life. However, because many of those people experience childhood sexual abuse (CSA), those connections and associations to the world around them can be changed and mutated from those held by people who did not experience abuse. These repercussions often carry on through adult life, but with the right kind of assistance, the effect they have on the individual’s life can be mitigated significantly.

Hi, everyone! My name is Zahra, and I’m a senior at University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. I’ll be working with CARE House as a part of my long-term research project through my school’s Academic Research Project (ARP) program. ARP is a year-and-a-half long course that teaches and puts into practice skills such as finding and reading credible sources, conducting research, creating annotations, writing professional pieces, and things along those lines. Students being the ARP process by choosing a topic, then create a prospectus for their research plan, later spending the majority of senior year conducting research and answering developed questions in order to showcase the progress made in a final product.