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Sexual Assault is A Sissy Move

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month and is dedicated to raising public awareness about preventing sexual violence. Let me be the first to say that sexually assaulting someone is a sissy move!

When I was a kid, “sissy” was how we described somebody who was afraid and wouldn’t take chances. Sexual violence is usually done under the guise that the person “wanted to have sex with me”, or “they asked for it”. A narcissistic move by someone who was never taught that no meant NO or they were sexual abuse victims, are some of the reasons why people choose to assault others.

Sexual assault is an aggressive act that leaves its victims afraid and violated. It can happen to anyone: women, girls, men or boys. I’ve not had or seen sexual harassment, however I have experienced first-hand and seen women be violently attacked. It’s one of those experiences that leaves you feeling unsure of yourself and your surroundings. It takes awhile to regain your self-confidence.

Click here to learn more information about sexual assault awareness. Let’s stay safe, be aware of our surroundings, and be willing to help victims of sexual assault… especially family members or friends.

Silence is violence
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C. Lynn Williams

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April 7, 2021 at 12:46 pm Leave a comment

Who We Are Matters

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When I was growing up, my mom would tell me that my actions were a direct reflection of my home training by her and my dad. While I hated hearing that, I taught the same thing to my children as well.

Who we are matters.

I have been trying to write today’s blog since the January 6 insurrection at the White House. As I watched the people storm through the barriers, break glass, pump their fists, and FaceTime their audiences; all I could think of was “What would your mom (or dad) think of you?” Also, how could I explain (to my children) why these people are allowed to deface the nation’s capitol without being dragged to jail. Most of the people who participated in the insurrection were white males and females.

The other major event that has my attention, is a rash of carjackings/robberies that have been taking place in different communities in the Chicagoland area. Many of the young people who are carjacking people, are young black teenagers. I thought how I would feel if one of those young men was my son.

In each case, I’m angry and think what kind of training did the insurrectionists and carjackers receive at home while growing up? Were they raised to respect others? Were they respected by the people they lived with?

Here’s something that I want parents to remember: how your child shows up is a reflection of how you interacted with them. Children aren’t born to fight and attack. They learn that behavior. When you grow up in an angry environment, that’s what you do when you respond to situations whether you understand what’s going on or not.

There are many young people who are raising themselves; who are not participating in online school learning, (parents may or may not be home with them) and who are trying to survive. Survival tells them that they must steal from other people in order to survive. They believe If they don’t steal, they won’t eat or they will be unsheltered.

The insurrectionists have been told that the rights and privileges that they are used to experiencing, are going away. Having to play nice with people that don’t look like them, is a scary idea!

In both cases, people are afraid. They feel that they don’t matter. And when people feel that they don’t matter, they do extraordinarily dumb things to help those around them know that they do matter.

So what does that mean to everybody else?

  • God made us a little lower than the angels, which means we are powerful.
  • We are each other’s keepers.
  • No one can achieve what they are trying to achieve by themselves.
  • Our differences and cultures are okay – we don’t have act like anybody else to succeed.

Raising your children to “be somebody” as my grandmother used to say, is still noble and honorable. Love and respect yourself and know that what you do to others and for others – Matters. ✌🏽

What are your thoughts?

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C. Lynn Williams, #MsParentguru

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January 28, 2021 at 9:21 pm Leave a comment

Relationship Between Bullying and Mass Shooters

Could it be the Bullying

Each time I hear about a shooting especially a school shooting, I have two thoughts. First I wonder if the shooter was bullied while he was growing up. Second, I wonder what kind of home environment the shooter grew up in. No I’m not a psychologist, psychiatrist or FBI profiler, just a parenting expert who has studied lots of family units where children are raised. Sometimes the home environments are safe and nurturing. Other times, the environments are toxic and kids are not supported or cared for.

Bullying has no socioeconomic confines. Kids from all walks of life are bullied. I was bullied and I remember my mother trying lots of things to help me stand up for myself, including spanking me. Crazy right? When I taught at a boys high school, many teachers and coaches felt (like my mom) that the ‘bullied kid needed to learn how to fight, stand up for himself, grow up and be a man, man up and other nonsensical things that build

hate, embarrassment, and the need for retribution. In our gun-crazed society, if you can’t protect yourself, go buy a gun and annihilate your enemies. Have you noticed – all of the shooters have been male. Could that be because boys are taught to be competitive and aggressive?

But none of this is cool! There have been 18 school shootings in 2018, and this is only February. We have to develop more humane ways to teach our children how to ‘stand up for themselves’, handle bullies and be resilient when things don’t go their way.

 

Bullying is a learned behavior. Perhaps as parents, we need to find more humane ways to handle our anger and disappointments and set an example that our children can follow. They are always watching us.

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C. Lynn Williams, #MsParentguru

Family Dynamics Strategist, Author & Speaker

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February 21, 2018 at 3:02 pm Leave a comment

3 Ways to Protect Your Daughter

I went to a local viewing of Lady Sings the Blues last week and remember how much I enjoyed the music. The clothes and make-up were beautiful and the singing by Diana Ross was superb. Her life story was hard to watch and I couldn’t finish the movie. I was also reminded of how easy it was for her to be BILLIE-HOLIDAY  marginalized as a young black teenager. Everybody that was supposed to keep an eye on her had other ideas. Her mom sent her to live with her aunt (mom’s sister); she was left home to clean the house, and was molested because nobody was really looking out for her. As she became a young successful woman, it was easy to assume she was living a great life because she had the ‘look’.

I just wished Elenora/Billy Holiday’s and her mother had had a real conversation and her mom was able to offer her some true support. I believe this is where some of us are with our sons & daughters. If we’re bold enough we ask the right questions:

1. Are you having sex?
2. Are you using/selling drugs?
3. Are you dating older men?
4. Are you being sexually abused by my new husband? 32-your-childs-teacher-mom-daughter-homework

We need to be prepared to handle the answers that we may receive? Here are some ideas:

1. If your daughter’s behavior changes ask her “what’s going on“.

2. If she tells you an unbelievable story, believe her.

3. If she is being harassed or abused, support and protect her without judgement.

If we want to turn around our current and future generations, we have to be courageous and fearless. Our kids certainly are.

C. Lynn Williams, #MsParentguru

Founder & Creator of Finding Superwoman

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August 23, 2016 at 12:59 am Leave a comment


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