April 2021 PU4P Newsletter

This April, Professionals United for Parkland brings awareness to Sexual Abuse Awareness Month. Many of us were rocked by personal and communal tragedy in February of 2018. Interwoven in our lives is also the potential for other traumatizing experiences to enter our lives. In fact, many times these terrible events open us up to the potential for abuse or danger. This month, PU4P shines a light on sexual abuse.

1 in 3 teens experience sexual or physical abuse or threats

from a boyfriend or girlfriend in one year.

We know that supporting a friend or family member who has been abused or traumatized can seem difficult. We often get paralyzed with worry on what to say or do next. How can we possibly help in such a terrible situation? The answer is surprisingly simple – be there for them, listen, believe their experience and acknowledge their pain. Some of the most simple but profound experiences lie in being seen and heard. You can make a difference by listening.

1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men were sexually abused before the age of 18

The desire to help runs strongly in us. Our community has had to rise up from trauma before, but with that surge comes compassion fatigue and can even trigger our own history of abuse, neglect or trauma. Taking care of ourselves while supporting others is integral. Each person has their own unique needs for support – spending time in nature, exercising, building a mindfulness practice, being creative and spending time with our friends and furry companions.

1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience violence from their partners in their lifetimes

When we are struggling with trauma and abuse ourselves, we need