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Archive for September 23rd, 2008

I wrote about Senate Bills 1738 and 3344 last week in the following posts:

I was quite blunt about my disgust over the Democrats and the Republicans using abused children as pawns in their own political games. Thank goodness, others are disgusted with this as well, and they are doing something about it.

If you are as disturbed as I am about the political games, please click over to the following site:

Don’t let the PROTECT Our Children Act Die!

It does not matter if you are a Republican or a Democrat. This issue transcends politics. The issue is protecting children, and everyone, whether a Republican or a Democrat, should care about that.

The link has a proposed email to send to two senators who have the power to get a child protection bill passed. It does not have to be Senate Bill 1738 or Senate Bill 3344 — We just want the legislation passed. This email tells both sides to get it together. You can also tailor the email to say anything that you, personally, want to add.

Here is the proposed email, which you can alter yourself on that site before you send it:

Children who are victims of child pornography and sexual abuse don’t care about Senate procedure… they just want help. I’m writing to ask that you please set aside Senate concerns and pass the PROTECT Our Children Act before it’s too late.

Senator Coburn, if a compromise to the SAFE Act can be worked out that the Senate will pass, it will be because of your determination. However, if it cannot, I hope that you will not hold up passage of the PROTECT Our Children Act, which could save many children.

Senator Reid, I know that as Majority Leader, you hold the ultimate power over whether this landmark legislation passes… or dies. The PROTECT Our Children Act now has 52 Senate sponsors, and a vote on the Senate floor would pass by a landslide!

Senators, please, don’t let the Senate go home without passage of the PROTECT Our Children Act. America is watching… and counting on your leadership.

Please help us pressure the Senate to pass legislation to protect our children. This isn’t about politics — it is about children.

Photo credit: Lynda Bernhardt

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I am currently in training for a new job. It is a part-time position that I can do from home on my computer. It is very flexible, which works out nicely with my schedule. So far, training is going well.

However (and you knew there was a “but” coming, didn’t you?), the training requires me to use my real name. That is unbelievably difficult for me. I have been active online for years, and I have always gone by “Faith.” That name feels like the “online me.” I have to remember not to refer to myself as Faith in this online training.

And here is the kicker about why I am having such a hard time in using my real name – It is the same name as my mother/abuser. That really stinks, doesn’t it?

My mother’s name is “Faye,” and she named me “Faye Anne.” My parents called me “Annie” until I was seven years old. Annie is who I identify with as the original child. When I was seven, Annie went to sleep. I woke up one morning and did not know who I was. Everyone kept calling me Annie, but that name did not fit. I hated Annie.

So, I insisted upon being called by my first name, which happens to be the same name as my mother/abuser. I don’t think I knew this when I made that decision, or at least that part of myself (my host personality) did not.

So, now I have the instructor and my fellow students-in-training calling me by my mother’s name. That has been triggering. But I really don’t know how to tell them to call me Faith when that is not any part of my legal name.

I guess I will figure out a way to ride this out. It just really stinks. At least my sister was not named after our mother-abuser.

Photo credit: Lynda Bernhardt

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