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Risks and Resilience in Youth Suicidality

Lesson created by Alison Boven using

Video from ResilienceInYouth YouTube Channel

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Taking it step by step...

1. Education is the first step to eliminating stigma.
Watch this video and go through the lesson to learn more about the harmful effects of childhood sexual abuse and what can be done to prevent it.

2. Reach out if you need help
Check out the end of the lesson for a list of resources available.

3. What is your next step?
Only you can make your contribution to this world.

Additional Resources for you to Explore
Many studies have been conducted examining female childhood sexual abuse (CSA) survivors, but relatively few have been conducted with male participants1. This could be due in part to male CSA being underreported as the video reported. Males can often experience a lack of understanding and acceptance from those around them when they do report abuse2, which can lead to further harm. Watch this powerful video of a man describing his experience.

Sexual and physical/emotional abuse experienced as a teenager were significant predictors of experiencing multiple sites of functional pain, like headaches, abdominal pain, pelvic pain etc. Almost half (47%) with multiple sites of pain experienced sexual abuse. This was especially true for sexual minority youth. Read this research article to learn more.

1Banyard, V. L., et al. (2004). "Childhood sexual abuse: a gender perspective on context and consequences." Child Maltreat 9(3): 223-238.
2Sorsoli, L., et al. (2008). ""I keep that hush-hush": Male survivors of sexual abuse and the challenges of disclosure." Journal of Counseling Psychology 55(3): 333-345.
Awareness only happens when people are talking. Together we can help create a safer and more secure future for all.

No matter what adversity has happened, no matter the tough times, resilience is your natural response to putting things right again.

For more words of inspiration, here's a story from hockey player Jordin Tootoo.

Self-care is an important step. Help options include anonymous help lines or websites, your local health care provider, student services, emergency care options and child welfare or child protective services. In some jurisdictions, there is no statute of limitations in reporting a historical abuse event.

Need Help?
Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868
Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention:

National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-422-4453
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

list of helplines
list of suicide hotlines
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Staying alive (suicide prevention) and child abuse prevention are core foundations to resilience. Once trauma has occurred, what are your thoughts on preventing re-victimization, minimizing mental, physical and financial health impairment, and empowering people and their communities?
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Dr. Wekerle has spent much of her career dedicated to showing how resilience strategies can lead to improved outcome in the health of adults who experienced childhood trauma. What are your ideas about how learning about risks can be balanced by learning about resilience? Are there specific strategies or practices that can be incorporated in schools and training systems, such as education, healthcare professions, child welfare, and so forth? Resilience can be viewed as an everyday practice for students, patients and professionals, and can range from one's mindset to community resources.
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The Canadian Institutes for Health Research were the first to start an Institute for Gender and Health, recognizing that health relates to sex (biology) and gender (social and personal constructs). For a discussion on this, see Differences between males and females as victims tend not to be the focus of research—much less work looks at the process of gender identity developed in contexts of varying forms of maltreatment. In particular, the empirical literature on male victims of CSA and adolescent and young adult sexual victimization is limited, but, hopefully an area of future expansion. What are views on how sex and gender impact the paths of individuals who have experienced various forms of maltreatment?
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