Author Archives: Sue Cass
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Sometimes the best way to deal with our mistakes is sit down and just have a good ole belly laugh.
Life’s banquet table offers up a wide variety of circumstances that each of us may encounter. I AM is a compilation of true-to-life short stories that will bring hope, joy, and maybe a chuckle or two that are based on Biblical principles. Sue Cass has brought to life situations and circumstances that we face in this journey we call life. Some of the stories are based on actual events in the author’s journey.
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Straight talk about body parts and a no-secrets policy can protect young kids without scaring them
We teach our young children all sorts of ways to keep themselves safe. We teach them to watch the hot stove, we teach them to look both ways before they cross the street. But, more often than not, body safety is not taught until much older — until sometimes, it is too late. Research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that approximately 1 in 6 boys and 1 in 4 girls are sexually abused before the age of 18. You want to hear something even scarier? According to the US Department of Justice (nsopw.org) only 10% of perpetrators were strangers to the child and 23% of the perpetrators were children themselves!
These statistics do not surprise me. In my practice I meet children on a weekly basis who have been victims of sexual abuse. Many of them are under five years old. Almost all of them knew their perpetrator and more often than not, it is another kid!
Parents will frequently tell me that they didn’t think this could happen to them. That they never leave their children with strangers. That they always keep their children within their eyesight.
Do your children go on play dates? Do they go to daycare or pre-school? Do you have friends or family over to your house? Do they play at the neighbor’s house? The fact is, you cannot fully prevent the risk of your child being sexually abused.
The children I have worked with have come from good neighborhoods, and good homes, and go to really good schools. I have worked with children who have been sexually abused on play dates, sleepovers, in the classroom, on the playground, on the school bus, in their playroom and out in their backyard.
Now that I have officially scared you to death, let’s walk you back down from that cliff. We have to allow our children to go out into the world and interact with those around them. But we can arm them with knowledge that might save them from being victimized.
Parents do not always talk to their children about body safety early enough. They think kids are too young. It is too scary. But it is never too soon, and it doesn’t have to be a scary conversation. Here are things 10 things that could help your child be less vulnerable to sexual abuse:
Related: Talking to Kids About Sexual Abuse
1. Talk about body parts early.
Name body parts and talk about them very early. Use proper names for body parts, or at least teach your child what the actual words are for their body parts. I can’t tell you how many young children I have worked with who have called their vagina their “bottom.” Feeling comfortable using these words and knowing what they mean can help a child talk clearly if something inappropriate has happened.
2. Teach them that some body parts are private.
Tell your child that their private parts are called private because they are not for everyone to see. Explain that mommy and daddy can see them naked, but people outside of the home should only see them with their clothes on. Explain how their doctor can see them without their clothes because mommy and daddy are there with them and the doctor is checking their body.
3. Teach your child body boundaries.
Tell your child matter-of-factly that no one should touch their private parts and that no one should ask them to touch somebody else’s private parts. Parents will often forget the second part of this sentence. Sexual abuse often begins with the perpetrator asking the child to touch them or someone else.
4. Tell your child that body secrets are not okay.
Most perpetrators will tell the child to keep the abuse a secret. This can be done in a friendly way, such as, “I love playing with you, but if you tell anyone else what we played they won’t let me come over again.” Or it can be a threat: “This is our secret. If you tell anyone I will tell them it was your idea and you will get in big trouble!” Tell your kids that no matter what anyone tells them, body secrets are not okay and they should always tell you if someone tries to make them keep a body secret.
5. Tell your child that no one should take pictures of their private parts.
This one is often missed by parents. There is a whole sick world out there of pedophiles who love to take and trade pictures of naked children online. This is an epidemic and it puts your child at risk. Tell your kids that no one should ever take pictures of their private parts.
6. Teach your child how to get out of scary or uncomfortable situations.
Some children are uncomfortable with telling people “no”— especially older peers or adults. Tell them that it’s okay to tell an adult they have to leave, if something that feels wrong is happening, and help give them words to get out of uncomfortable situations. Tell your child that if someone wants to see or touch private parts they can tell them that they need to leave to go potty.
Most of my students were adults obtaining their Bachelor’s Degree, and many of these students were police officers. Seasoned police officers have seen much, and have developed strong walls from which to protect themselves from the emotional turmoil so associated with their work. It is a challenge to get behind the emotional wall of a seasoned cop. It is even more challenging to get them to think they may not already be critical thinkers given the investigative skills they have learned. So now I present to you the assignment below for your review and consideration. Go ahead…be serious about your answer.
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So…how did you do? How did you answer the question? I pray this will cause you to pause and think about what you just learned. Class dismissed!
Former Trans Man and Former Lesbian Say Church, Was Key in Setting Them Free: ‘The Lord Can Heal Anyone’
As the Left celebrates gay pride month with a push for the “Equality Act” to broaden anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people in the US, the Church is facing the threat of more negative consequences if it doesn’t get on board.
But a former transgender man and former lesbian are speaking out, telling CBN’s “The Prayer Link” that it was going to a church and hearing biblical teaching that set them free.
“The Bible says sin is fun for a season,” Janet Boynes, a former lesbian said on the program. “My life was taking a downward spiral, but the Lord was working on my heart.”
Boynes was in a same-sex relationship for 14 years before a chance encounter led her to Maple Grove Assembly of God in Maple Grove, Minnesota.
“That’s where the Church assisted me and helped me come out of that lifestyle,” she said.
Boynes now leads Janet Boynes Ministries International that focuses on ministering to individuals who have come out of the gay and lesbian lifestyle.
“We want to assist them and help them and get them to the right counselor, get them involved with their church and talk with churches around the country as to how they can work with those that are struggling,” she said.
Jeffrey McCall lived for two years as a transgender “woman” named Scarlet and during that time he said he would secretly listen to Georgia-based Pastor Jentezen Franklin.
McCall said it was those biblically based messages that ultimately hit home and began the process of freedom.
“I wasn’t obviously going to go to church as Scarlet,” he explained, “and during that time period, there was so many things he said. And I’ll never forget one message: ‘deep wounds, deep healing’. It talked about such deep wounds that sometimes we have and about how the Lord can heal them.”
“That was one message that specifically stuck out to me to know that there was a process of healing that the Lord could bring to any of us,” he continued.
McCall said living his life as Scarlet led to guilt, depression, and thoughts of suicide.
He finally cried out to God is 2016.
“I said God, ‘will I ever live for you,” he shared on the program. “I said, ‘I know God that there is something more than just church. There is something that happens in people’s lives where they have joy and peace’. And I heard God say, ‘Yes, you will live for me’.”
Jeffrey is now sharing his story in his new book, “For Such a Time: From Transgender to a Son of God”.
He also travels across the nation spreading the message that God’s love can transform the broken and the lost.
To see more of these interviews you can watch the Prayer Link on cbnnews.com.