Child abuse happens everywhere. It happens to girls, and it also happens to boys. Today we introduce you to Ben. Just a warning - his story can be hard to hear.
When Ben's mother remarried, her new husband began abusing Ben when he was just 7 years old. The abuse was psychological, and turned physical on many occasions. Ben shares what it was like to go into "survival mode" as a child, and how that has affected him well into adulthood.
Through a close relationship with a child in his life (his nephew), and his volunteer work at CARE House of Oakland County, Ben has come to terms with his abuse, and offers some powerful advice for other survivors.
The "It Shouldn't Hurt To Be a Child" Podcast is narrated by Karen Newman, and is made possible thanks to the generous support of Sheryl Hauk.
CARE House of Oakland County Website: https://www.carehouse.org/
CARE House Phone Number: 248.332.7173
Find a Child Advocacy Center (CAC) Near You: https://nationalcac.org/