This is too important for me not to mention.
The book states: "Give 10 licks at a time, more if the child resists. Be careful about using it in front of others — even at church; nosy neighbors might call social workers."
This is literally a how-to manual on how to abuse and beat your children.
OH MY GOD. Okay stop scrolling and look at me. My mother actually used this book. I am a victim of this piece of literary evil, and let me tell you, it has left me with some seriously deep scars. It got to the point that my brother and I couldn’t even laugh. Laughter was considered “foolishness” and we would literally be struck ten times for it if she heard it. Let me reiterate that.
We could not enjoy ourselves or even be happy without being beaten.
One of the “Christian” cult families introduced this to her and yes, it is basically condoning serious child abuse. I actually personally believe in corporal punishment and let me tell you, THIS IS NOT CORPORAL PUNISHMENT. It is heavy abuse and it’s evil, evil, evil. I’m going to go sign that petition, and so help me, if you know of someone using this book, call Child Protective services immediately. The children of that cult family are now actually being rehabilitated because they grew up like robots. It’s a sick fucking book, okay? Sick. Let’s get this thing banned before it ruins anymore lives.
I am the way I am today because of this hideous thing. I cry every time someone even gently reprimands me. I’m afraid of cutting up in public because I think someone is going to hit me. Worst of all: It taught me to tolerate abuse, that I deserved abuse, and that if someone abused me, I was clearly in the wrong. I can’t possibly begin to tell you how dangerous it has been for me. Thanks to people around me who were raised right, I am only now starting to learn to stand up for myself and that, no, I am not an idiot who deserves verbal, physical, emotional, or mental abuse. I am not just a child who will forever be subject to her power-hungry mother.
Most of all… Children are not animals. And really, who the fuck even treats an animal like that??? Please, if you reblog one thing from me, please let it be this. I don’t want anyone else to go through what I did.
People looking to put an end to these “Christian” child-rearing fatalities need to take into account Western Evangelicals’ highly subsidized agenda to adopt as many “orphans" as possible: "The ultimate purpose of human adoption by Christians is not to give orphans parents… It is to place them in a Christian home that they might be positioned to receive the gospel.”(Y’all are aware of the fact that Evangelicals co-founded the International Adoption Industry, right?)
This “Christian” parenting stresses obedience — “if you can’t obey your parents, how can you obey God?” And adoptees as a whole are pathologized as defiant, burgeoning psychopaths on account of our traumatic orphanhood. Not to mention that we often hail from “heathen,” “devil-worshipping,” “Third World” regions used as as missionary playgrounds to this day.
This is why of these known cases of children murdered by the Pearls’ “To Train Up a Child,” ALL of them are adoptees.
[TRIGGER WARNING: CHILD ABUSE, MURDER] Hana Williams, adopted from Ethiopia, beaten and killed at 13. Her adoptive brother Immanuel, also from Ethiopia, and also beaten, malnourished, and forced to sleep in the bathroom. Lydia Schatz, adopted from Liberia, beaten and killed at age 7. Sean Paddock, US adopted foster kid, beaten and killed at age 4. According to the prosecution at the Paddocks’ murder trial, Sean’s 9-year-old brother (also adopted) was beaten so badly he could barely walk.
While this book definitely needs to stop being sold, people should be aware that it and the Pearls are the tip of the iceberg:
Adoption is a billion+ business and that procures millions of children worldwide — as such, survivors of such “parenting techniques” are actually quite common, it’s just that you never hear from us because A) no one listens to adoptees who don’t toe the line of White Christian Savior narratives "but why aren’t you GRATEFUL?" and B) Even fellow POC accuse us of “Oppression Olympics” if we so much as summarize our survival. This may be the last time I talk about this on tumblr personally because I am SICK TO DEATH of bio spawn presuming to know our lives while completely fucking dismissing the dangers we face.
So yeah, co-signed: if you reblog just one thing from me, reblog this post, with hyperlinks intact.
Turns out there is a price to pay for protecting your rainforests.
This is fucking important! Sign and reblog.
wow this is outrageous, why isn’t this going around? from the link:
Infinito Gold, a Canadian mining company, just slapped Costa Rica with a $1 billion lawsuit simply because the country decided its rainforests were more important than an open-pit gold mine.
Lauded as one of the countries with the most beautiful rainforests, it’s no wonder Costa Rica rejected Infinito’s mine. Costa Rica’s rainforest is home to many endangered species such the green macaw. Gold mining also uses toxic chemicals such as cyanide, which often leaks into and pollutes nearby lakes and rivers.
A subsidiary of Infinito Gold has announced that a massive lawsuit is “imminent”, so we need to act now. If thousands of us stand together, we can show Infinito that countries such as Costa Rica should have the right to protect their rainforests without being persecuted by corporations.
please sign and reblog!
this retailer sells a halal nail polish. this allows for oxygen and water to go through the nail, which makes it acceptable to wear during prayer. spread the word.
“Being a relatively modern creation, nail polish remains obviously unaddressed by early Islamic sources. But the general consensus in the Islamic community is that praying with nail polish is impermissible because of the waterproof barrier it creates on nails, which prevents the wudu ritual from being completed five times a day.” (source)
For any Muslim followers.
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First of all thank you so much for not scrolling by. I have been asked by a friend of mine who works for our national news paper to write an article on the pressing issue which is cyber bullying. As most of us know, cyber bullying over the last couple of years has taken off and caused kids and teenagers a like to take their lives. Cyber bullying is a very serious and should not in anyway be taken lightly. I was asked to write this article because of the raise of racial bullying that has caught the attention of a lot of individuals on facebook which appears to be one of the most popular social networks when it comes to cyber bullying.
This is where you come in:
I have put together a survey of 21 questions which are all very straight forward and shouldn’t take more than ten to fifteen minutes to answer in total. The information from this survey will either be used to help guide me while I write the article or be directly used as statics in the article. I am calling for your help; I know a lot of people have been touched by bullying whether it be a friend or yourself. I myself have been bullied in the past and feel strongly about the subject. Together we can make awareness for cyber bullying and stop our fellow peers from feeling like the only way out is to commit suicide.
As stated above this article came about when my friend who works for the national news paper found out that there is an alarming rise of racial bullying on facebook. This article is of course subject to whether the publisher of the newspaper will agree to publish it. If not I will look for other magazines and news papers who are willing to publish an article on such a pressing problem. I will be able to give you more information on when/if the article will be published later this month.
A price! Did I mention there is a price!
Because I believe good behaviour should be rewarded and also because Christmas is coming up. Anybody who shares this survey whether it be; rebloging this, sharing on twitter or facebook or any other social network will have their username or full name automatically entered into a competition so the more you share this the more times your name will be entered the more chance you have of winning. The person will be chosen at random, i will but all the names into a random generator selector.
The prize is a £10 (12 Euros, $16) Amazon gif card. but I need to get more than 1000 REPONSES FIRST because I need the statics for this article.
If you’re sharing this on twitter send me the link @seeparation if you’re sharing on facebook or another social network apart from twitter or tumblr please take a screen shot as proof and submit it here
I’ll be closing this suvery 23 December and will be letting the winner know Christmas eve.
TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE PEOPLE MORE AWARE!
Shout out to all the closeted LGBT people who have to return to unsafe family environments this season. Remember that there is nothing wrong with you and that no, you are not a hypocrite for loving the people who raised you despite the things they have done to hurt you. Above all remember that you will always have friends who support you even if your family does not.
Ok Dr. Phil’s wife, Robin, (yes groan, but listen up) has this new app out (iPhone and Android) that’s for people in abusive relationships. It’s called Aspire News and it’s disguised as a regular news app, but when you go to the “Help” section of the app, it leads you to domestic violence resources and also has a “Go Button” that when you press it, if you’re in a compromising situation, alerts local authorities as well as local shelters and starts recording everything that is going on.
Now, if you’re looking up resources on the app and your abuser is near, simply press the X button and it brings you to a random news page. Same goes for the actual foundation site.
ITS COMPLETELY FREE
SPREAD THIS, DONT JUST “LIKE IT”
Two parents in Washington state have been found guilty of murder after following the abusive parenting techniques advocated in the parenting book “To Train Up a Child”.
I am begging you, please sign this petition to ask Amazon to stop selling these books. The books are given out in some churches and sold under an illusion of creating a happy family. This story and the things that are encouraged in the books break my heart.
[TW CHILD ABUSE]
“Some of the discipline techniques the Pearls teach include:
- Using plastic tubing to beat children, since it hurts a lot but leaves fewer marks to alert authorities
- Wearing the plastic tubing around the parent’s neck as a constant reminder to obey
- "Swatting" babies as young as six months old with instruments such as "a 12-inch willowy branch," thinner plastic tubing or a wooden spoon
- "Blanket training" babies by hitting them with an instrument if they try to crawl off a blanket on the floor
- Beating older children with rulers, paddles, belts and larger tree branches
- "Training" children with pain before they even disobey, in order to teach total obedience
- Giving cold water baths, putting children outside in cold weather and withholding meals as discipline
- Hosing off children who have potty training accidents
- Inflicting punishment until a child is “without breath to complain.”“
they’re advocating for beating children as young as 6 MONTHS
they’re advising people on how to avoid legal punishment for their crimes
“The Pearls and their ministry, No Greater Joy, make an estimated $1.7 million a year.”
The “hearts and minds” approach to winning gay rights is not going to work in the former Soviet Union.
"That’s our real responsibility in dealing with a country where a solid 74 percent of citizens don’t think homosexuality should be accepted by society—not kidding ourselves that it will make a difference if we bring our loved ones to Sochi, chat with the people next to us at the bobsled track, and hold our children up for the cameras. Russia’s decision-makers couldn’t care less, and its media machine will simply spin those hearts-and-minds gestures into symbols of Western decadence. “Anything addressed to the public,” Gessen says, “risks playing into the hand of the people stirring up the homophobia.”…
"There’s plenty that the rest of us could do as well. Russian LGBT activists have been saying for some time now that there’s no point in aiming at so small a target as the Kremlin’s heart, especially when its wallet presents a larger, more tender object. First, RUSA LGBT asked allies to boycott Sochi and all Russian products, and press for withdrawal of corporate sponsorship from the games. Then 34 LGBT Russian activists (including Davydov and Gessen) echoed that call in a letter released by Queer Nation.
So let’s keep dumping Russian vodka into the streets and outside of the Russian consulate in New York City. Let’s keep marching in London. Sign the Change.org petition that calls for Coca-Cola, Panasonic, Samsung, Procter & Gamble, and Visa to condemn the laws and pull their sponsorship from the Sochi Olympic games (it’s now surpassed 100,00 signatures).
And keep taking actions like the one where activists confronted Russia’s U.N. ambassador with a petition signed by 340,000 supporters urging world leaders to help eliminate anti-gay laws in Russia ahead of the Sochi games. “Every time that Putin, or other government officials, or representatives of Russian big business or cultural institutions step foot into the West,” says Gessen, “s/he should have a hellish experience. They should encounter protests and questions about these laws everywhere they turn.” Let’s take a cue from Amsterdam, where public officials put their money where their mouth was: The rainbow flag flew above the capitol during Putin’s April visit, while yellow tape reading “Homophobia-free zone” cordoned off streets where thousands protested.
We have a chance to do things differently in Sochi than we did in Berlin. Let’s start with skipping the part where we appease a dictator, and instead give a damn about what’s happening beyond the scrubbed streets of the Olympic Village. Let’s lose the naïve notion that the wins of a few remarkable LGBT athletes will make any difference to the mobs of Neo-Nazi vigilantes luring gay teens with online ads, then kidnapping and torturing them—a process they like to videotape and post online for their admirers to enjoy. Let’s focus on forms of protest that will have an impact in locations beyond Sochi—actions that will continue to impede the progress of Putin’s Final Solution even once the crowds and the cameras leave.”
Christopher Gray, 21, a Drexel University junior and CEO/Founder of Scholly, has found a way to make finding those scholarships easier.
Gray himself has been very successful in finding scholarship funds. He is known as the “Million-Dollar Scholar” after being awarded $1.3 million in scholarships.
Over the past three years, Gray has also helped other families manually scour through databases, and figured, “Hey, I need something that can help. There has to be a faster way.”
Gray developed the answer in the form of Scholly, an app that uses eight specific parameters, like state, GPA, or race, to instantly filter through a deep directory of scholarships available for the prospective student.
“It’s extremely simple,” says Gray and that ultimately was the goal.
“The fact that it’s on the mobile (phone) really hits the audience,” says Soham Bhonsle, 21, a Scholly user and Drexel University senior. “It serves the need of its time. We want it on the go.”
Nicholas Pirollo, chief technological officer for Scholly, also offers that apps optimize searches compared to standard websites because they are more tailored to specific needs.
A recent study, conducted by Sallie Mae, shows that 39% of families used scholarship funds to pay for college during the 2012-2013 academic year and Scholly connects users with relevant scholarships in about five minutes. Scholly’s database is updated monthly to remove scholarships that are no longer available, add scholarships, and refresh deadlines.
There is money out there to go to school. Scholly has more than 10,000 downloads of the $0.99 app found in the Apple App Store and Google Play.
Scholly’s costs are intentionally positioned at an affordable price to serve more people that need it and boast a potential big payoff.
“Pay 99 cents and you may get $5,000 or $6,000 in scholarships.”
Scholly helps put the power of funding your education in your hands.
I wanted to share with you guys this AMAZING scholarship app.
Please reblog and share for your other followers! We all deserve to get an education, if we want, and scholarships help lessen the financial load.
SPREAD THE KNOWLEDGE!
Good luck to all!!
Most of the pics are nudes that they have sent to their significant others, but some of the pics are from hacked blogs, stolen from their phones, or taken from places like FetLife. There are even Facebook pics in there, and I know for sure that one of the pics is screencapped from a webcam.
These pictures are posted with a first name and last initial of the girl in them, often times with personal information like where they work or go to school.
The guys posting these pictures treat them like trading cards, anonymously posting them in exchange for others, and making requests for more of certain girls.
This is disgusting. I almost have no words for it. These are my friends, and they are being objectified and shamed because they chose to trust someone. Or because they chose to exist, in some cases.
There are also links to forums about peeping and taking pics of sleeping/passed out girls.
I’m gonna be reblogging this post for awhile, that contains a firsthand account by one of the girls involved, as well as the information of one of the guys that we know for sure is responsible. There are several guys whose names have come up, but we don’t have definitive proof on them yet. Please, please reblog this post. We want to make sure as many people are aware of this sort of thing as possible.
No one should have to feel this violated.
Trigger warnings if you click on the forum links for all the usual crap the disgusting men do
*TRIGGER WARNING FOR RAPE*
"Go ahead and call the cops- they can’t unrape you”
Imagine being a 13 year old girl who has been raped. By multiple boys. And your rape was filmed and then shared on Facebook, where an audience of thousands of anonymous users watched your personal strife. The next step would be to go to the police – and so you do. And their response? To ask what you were wearing. And then dismiss your rape, saying there’s not enough evidence to proceed.
That’s what happened to a 13 year old young woman who was raped two years ago.
She was the victim of Roast Busters, a group of boys who secretly filmed themselves gang raping intoxicated underage girls. They then humiliated these women by bragging on Facebook – posting videos and sharing the personal anguish of these women with an audience of thousands.
The police are saying there’s not enough evidence to convict these Roast Busters, so they won’t charge them. But, it’s now come to light that one of the rapists is, in fact, a local police officer’s son. And that in the past few years 4 victims have gone to the police – and their voices were consistently ignored.
It’s clear that the police force isn’t doing its part to find justice for these young women. These young women are being dismissed by the official body that is supposed to support those in need – and they have nowhere to turn to because of a lack of proper support services for victims of assault.
That’s why we need Prime Minister John Key to step up and do the right thing.
signal boost this shit
piece of shit scum think they’re hot shit just because of nepotism. i want to see them locked away for the rest of their fucking lives
THIS IS IMPORTANT. A friend of mine may have his sister taken away by CPS but she is in a happy and loving home, and they need help to afford the lawyers it will take to keep her with her family. If nothing else, please reblog and give this the attention it deserves. Please, spread the word and help Kamryn!
My sister, Kamryn, is a type 1 diabetic with several autoimmune conditions. She has to go to the hospital because she is threatened with falling into a diabetic coma every time she gets sick.
While at the hospital, she has her blood sugars and ketone levels balanced, then is sent home. However, she is usually still sick and has to go back a day or two later. Hospital policy dictates that, when a child is readmitted for the same illness in a short period of time, Child Protective Services is called. This has been going on for seven years.
CPS is now threatening to take my sister out of my family’s care, which would do nothing for the real problem at hand. Kamryn is a very unique and delicate case, medically. Treating her like a normal T1 diabetic would leave her in a coma or worse.
What we need is help paying for the lawyers while we fight to keep my sister. We have an official day in court scheduled, which will help us set a legal precedent to get Kamryn the medical help she needs.
My mother is a small business owner in the heart of Puyallup. The stress and work to keep my sister safe and at home is threatening her livelihood. Any donations you could give would be greatly appreciated. We are humbled by your generosity.
So who exactly is surprised that it turns out that To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA) are disgusting sexist, homophobic douches who only really exist to scam emo kids into going to church?
I’ve been suspect of these assholes for ages, so I did some research, and it only took me seconds to find out I was right to be distrustful. Renee at omgwtflol.net also did some research. From the article:
They made x amount, let’s call it $100,000 to make it even. Of that, only something like 25% was accounted for. The rest? Completely unaccounted for. Most charities release their financial statements. Don’t you find it a little odd that we don’t know where 75% of all money given to them goes? The 75% would be “administrative costs”, aka “paying the people that work there”. Of that 25%, some of it goes to an extremely sketchy charity called Mercy Ministries. You might know them as the anti-gay, pro-life, pile of crap charity that believes that people can be made straight. At their homes, they don’t allow close contact between women because of the risk of lesbianism! Isn’t that nice, donating to a charity which encourages a belief that makes a lot of teens suicidal? MM also believes in the power of exorcism. Australians may remember them as the charity that made girls entering the program sign their Centrelink payments over to them, and gave the girls no therapy but prayer. Do you really want to support this charity? TWLOHA is effectively endorsing the belief that prayer cures depression, and that being gay is something one chooses. They’re owned by Fireproof Ministries. Y’know, the same guys who gave you XXXChurch.com? You know, selling out Jesus for the moneys? They’re also (financially) associated with Teen Mania Ministries, which has been described as racist, women hating and hateful in general. The dude who runs it, Ron Luce also runs the Battle Cry Campaign. The BCC’s purpose is to “…ensure that Christianity survives in America by redefining society”. Read their Wiki. Tell me that isn’t a stumble away from a cult. Yeah, once again, do you want your money to support this? Sure, they offer hope. But, you know, that extra 75% would be way better spent on actually helping people, as opposed to selling fugly tshirts and supporting homophobia. I find it sick they’ve turned depression and addiction into a damn fashion statement. I find it sick they’re using their power to help support vile and disgusting beliefs like homophobia.
Personally, I think I’ve always been uncomfortable with it because it’s always seemed to me that there’s so much glamourisation of self-injury around it and linked to it.
I’d be interested to know if anyone else has any intertesting stories or facts they know about the organisation? I feel like something should be done, but I don’t know what :s
Edit: Ever since posting this I’ve been thinking about all the people I saw suggesting TWLOHA as an anti-suicide organisation on Spirit Day and I feel kind of sick about it. Please reblog this so that any gay and trans* (because anti-choice and anti-gay people don’t tend to be too ‘down’ with trans* people) know not to contact them for help or contribute money. There are charities out there that offer support to anyone, whether they’re gay, or trans*, or young and pregnant, or have an STI, and they are the ones that deserve our support.
2nd Edit: Here is Jamie Tworkowski, founder of TWLOHA’s rubbish response where he calls being gay a lifestyle choice. I also corresponded with a woman called Missy who asked for suggestions for the website, none of which were taken up as far as I can tell, and I never received a response.
TO EVERYONE WHO LIVES IN THE UK:
Please, please stay indoors and don’t go out unless it is completely unavoidable. Tonight is meant to be the worst storm in 20 years, hurricanes and high winds topping over 100mph, so please please stay safe!
Reblogging for my UK followers
Sign ups will begin Sunday, October 20, 2013 and run through the following Sunday, October 27. The archive will open December 28, 2013 and the deadline to submit is December 21, 2013.
A secret character based gift exchange of fic for fans of the Hunger Games franchise.
The rules are simple:
- From the set list of characters presented, you can choose any combination you like of the eight to request a gift fic be written. The requests don’t have to involve a pairing, or you can have multiple pairings. Keep in mind though, the more detailed and specific you make your prompt, the harder it will be to match it up. You will be providing at least three and up to five prompts for your author to choose from.
- Each gift fic must be at least 1000 words. They can be longer, but no shorter. Give what you would like to receive in return in the spirit of fairness. We’re all adults and this is a voluntary commitment, but a commitment nonetheless, so please make time to finish your gift if you sign up.
- All gifts are to be turned in by December 21 be posted in time. Extensions will be granted, but no stories will be revealed until all participants have a gift. If pinch hitters are needed, the opening of the archive will be delayed until the pinch hits are received.
- All ratings are acceptable, please be specific in what you are comfortable writing and not writing as assignments will be given out based on this criterion.
- Participation is open to everyone, if you sign up, you’re in, with the caveat that if you have defaulted in the past, you are not eligible to participate.
- If there are triggers in your fic, please tag them appropriately.
- Please have your fics beta read. A list of beta readers will be provided.
- Questions can be answered via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- The collection will be moderated and closed once all the gifts are uploaded to maintain the integrity of the collection.
- Once fics are uploaded, you may edit them until the archive closes on December 21, after that time, there will be no more edits allowed.
- The rules can be updated during the period of the exchange and all participants will be notified of any changes via email.
- Gifts must be original stories written for this exchange and must be complete - not just a single chapter with more to come.
Please feel free to share this as much as you like, the more the merrier.