May is a time to celebrate mothers. Each day we see the impact that mothers have on healing, prevention, and change for a better tomorrow. Here’s a short list of the ways that we see moms making a positive impact:
- Moms listen. Listening and believing sexual assault and abuse survivors takes courage. It is hard to hear that someone we love was hurt and is hurting because of abuse. Everyday we see moms that choose to listen and believe their children (both young and old). It makes a difference in healing. It really does.
- Moms act. Great moms don’t stop at listening. They take action to secure safety and connect their loved ones to healing resources. They make the tough choice to change their lives for the better and for their children. They may make choices that lead to struggling to make rent, breaking a relationship, inviting scrutiny, or having hard conversations with their kids. It is the epitome of tough love.
- Moms educate. Providing accurate and supportive information to young people about sexuality, relationships, social media, and being a good person makes a lasting difference for decades to come. When moms start early, and talk often about sexual abuse prevention, they set the groundwork for healthy lives.
- Moms volunteer. Many of the volunteers at our agency, both women and men, are parents. They do it because they care. They want to set an example for their children. They choose to share their time and expertise to help build a brighter tomorrow for their children, grandchildren, neighbors, and friends. Our volunteers serve on the hotline, plan events, and provide prevention education in our communities.
Moms do these things and more at SARCC, but they don’t do it alone. We are here to help moms learn the skills they need to raise healthy, happy, resilient children. To learn more about our programs or how you can be involved, contact us today.