CMM Named Best Social Change Media Company

Firdaus Kharas

Award recognizes work with pressing social problems

I am also very happy because of the increasing attention humanitarians are getting around the world as they work for progressive social change.”

— Firdaus Kharas

OTTAWA, CANADA, November 30, 2018 / —

Chocolate Moose Media (CMM) has been named Best Social Change Media Production Company for 2019 by CV Magazine’s Canadian Business Awards. The company also earned two independent awards for its most-recent animated public service announcement “Whispers With Stones.”

The Canadian business award reveals the impact founder Firdaus Kharas has made not only in Canada but in humanitarian efforts around the world, including work with rape stigmatization and Ebola. It is the fourth time his body of work has been recognized by granting agencies.

“Whispers With Stones,” a short video dealing with a young girl’s reaction when her father is accused of sexual assault at work, was given an Award of Merit Special Mention by the Accolade Global Film Competition and an Award of Merit by Infiefest. It is in nine language versions and was co-produced by The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women of The United Methodist Church. The musical score was created by Ottawa’s Andrew Huggett.

“I am honoured by these annoucements. I am also very happy because of the increasing attention humanitarians are getting around the world as they work for progressive social change,” Kharas says.

About Chocolate Moose Media

Chocolate Moose Media (CMM) is the world’s leading producer of animated behaviour-change communications aimed at solving health and social issues around the world. Led by renowned social innovator, director and humanitarian Firdaus Kharas, CMM produces animation, documentaries, videos and television series designed to educate, entertain and change societal and individual behaviour to positively influence viewers’ knowledge, attitudes and behaviour, especially those of children and young adults, in order to better the human condition. More than 3,600 animated videos in 245 language versions are available online in a Vimeo channel.

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Four ArtMattan Films Have Their Theatrical Run at Cinema Village

Friday, Nov. 30 - Dec. 6, 2018 @ Cinema Village

Dr. Mukwege, The Man Who Mends Women directed by Thierry Michel and Colette Braeckman

Tazzeka directed by Jean Phillipe Gaud

No shade directed by Clare Anyiam-Osigwe

Artmattan Film's 26th annual African Diaspora International Film Festival has been running from Nov. 23 and will continue until Dec. 9, 2018.

From Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 the festival will be bringing some of its films to Cinema Village in Greenwich Village, New York.”


NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES , November 29, 2018 / — The 26th annual New York African Diaspora International Film Festival (NYADIFF) is well underway in New York City with 61 films playing from 40 countries world wide! Having started on Friday, November 23, 2018, the festival has had screenings showing in Teachers College, Columbia University and MIST Harlem. From Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 the festival will be bringing some of its films to Cinema Village in Greenwich Village, New York.

Here are the films you should look out for:

Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 – Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 @ 5:30pm daily
In January 2015, the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, sought a constitutional amendment that would allow him to be elected president for a third time.

This film documents the resulting demonstrations and follows three protagonists of the resistance. Ben, who lives in exile in New York, takes the advice of his fellow countrymen in exile and decides to join the struggle in the Congo. Jean Marie, who has just been released from prison, continues his public campaign for his country’s freedom and is persecuted by the secret service. Christian fights unperturbed in the streets of Kinshasa, even after former Prime Minister Etienne Tshisekedi, on whom the opposition had pinned their hopes, dies and the movement against Kabila’s extension of his time in office seems paralyzed.

Should one resist in exile, or fight on the ground in the Congo? Should resistance be non-violent or should force be used if required? Filmed throughout with a handheld camera that stays very close to the protagonists, even in precarious conditions, Dieudo Hamadi explores the pros and cons of different forms of resistance.

As of September 2018, general elections are scheduled to be held in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on 23 December 2018, to determine a successor to incumbent President Joseph Kabila.

(Directed by Dieudo Hamadi, 2017, France/Germany/Norway/Qatar/Switzerland, 75 minutes, documentary, French, Lingala with English subtitles.)

Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 – Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 @ 3:10pm daily
2018 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and winner of the Sakharov Prize 2014, Doctor Denis Mukwege is internationally known as the man who has assisted thousands of women who have been sexually assaulted during the 20 years of conflicts in the East of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. However, his endless struggle to put an end to these atrocities and denounce the impunity enjoyed by the perpetrators is not welcome. Threatened with death, Doctor Denis Mukwege now lives cloistered in his hospital in Bukavu. But he is no longer alone in his struggle. The women to whom he has restored physical integrity and dignity, stand beside him, true activists for peace, hungry for justice.

(Directed by Thierry Michel and Colette Braeckman, 2015, Belgium/Congo, 113min, documentary in French, English, Swahil and Mashi with English subtitles.)

Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 – Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 @ 9:20pm daily
No Shade explores the hardships of the modern dating world through the dysmorphic presence of colorism as well as the fetishization of black women in a way that is tactful and honest. Jade is both effervescent and relatable as a 28 year old single woman of dark complexion who just “can’t seem to get it right,” let alone liberate herself from her unrequited love for the repressive and colorist Danny. The world through her eyes is both a quirky and tumultuous obstacle course of courtship catastrophes and heart-gripping silences. Despite Jade’s line up of Tinder flops and her challenges in the friend-zone, she is easy to engage with and adorable. Jade’s charisma, quirk, beauty, vulnerability and perseverance throughout the film make her a thoughtful heroine with a twist of comedic spunk in the end.
(Directed by Clare Anyiam-Osigwe, 2018, UK, 104 minutes, Romance/Drama, English)

Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 – Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 @ 1:00pm daily
Growing up in the Moroccan village of Tazzeka, Elias learned the secrets of traditional Moroccan cuisine from his grandmother who raised him. Years later, meeting a top Paris chef and a young woman named Salma inspires him to leave home. In Paris, Elias faces unstable work and financial hardship as an undocumented immigrant. But he also finds friendship with Souleymane, who helps revive his passion for cooking.
(Directed by Jean Phillipe Gaud, 2018, France/Morocco, 95 minutes, French, Arabic with English subtitles)

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Barry Hersko Helps the Homeless in New York

Barry Hersko

Barry Hersko

Barry Hersko is a leader in real estate but his greatest work is what he does for the homeless.

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, USA, November 29, 2018 / — “My partnership with EARP started in 1988,” explained Barry Hersko, property developer and real estate expert. “Especially during the holidays, it’s vital to give back to those in need.”

Since childhood, Barry has always been passionate about serving those less fortunate, which is why partnering with EARP was a logical choice as Barry Hersko became a household name in real estate. The EARP or Emergency Assistance Rental Program began in the late eighties as a response to the growing homeless epidemic in New York, and Barry Hersko knew he had to do something about it.

“To know that I could make a difference by renting out more affordable apartments to those in need was an easy decision,” explained Barry Hersko. “I had to step up and help.”

The Emergency Assistance Rental Program started off small and continued to grow, eventually helping thousands in New York find shelter and begin to rebuild their lives. Rental assistance programs help New Yorkers experiencing homelessness move out of shelters and into stable housing, for many a first-time experience that will change their lives forever. Barry Hersko and many others like him have helped hundreds of thousands of people get the confidence to rebuild their lives, and often are able to find a permanent home. In the eighties, Barry Hersko was one of the first landlords to open his buildings to those in need, starting a trend that has carried on to this very day. As New York City continues to turn the tide on homelessness, it’s in large part due to partners like Barry Hersko to keep the cause going.

The ultimate goal of programs like the one Barry Hersko supports is to provide households with financial assistance in a progressive manner. This type of progressive engagement refers to a strategy of providing small amounts of assistance to help everyone entering into the homeless system. For some, even the smallest amount of assistance is enough to stabilize, but sometimes much more assistance can be offered to those who require it.

Through constant support with the EARP and other organizations like it, Barry Hers continues to give back to those in New York who need it most. To learn more about Barry Hersko and the projects he is working on, click here for more information.

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Human Rights Advocates Call on the International Community to Stand Up for Human Rights

The march is scheduled to take place on December 9th at 1pm at the Lincoln Memorial

The march is scheduled to take place on December 9th at 1pm at the Lincoln Memorial

Human Rights advocates who participated in last year’s march including Ms. District of Columbia.

Human Rights advocates who participated in last year’s march including Ms. District of Columbia.

Human Rights Activists marching from the Lincoln Memorial.

Human Rights Activists marching from the Lincoln Memorial.

Youth and advocates host a call to action with a march to stand up for human rights and raise awareness of human rights violations.

This is a special year for the human rights community. We march to celebrate the progress of the last 70 years but also to demand the changes needed to make the world fair and free for all”

— Erica Rodgers, National Director of Youth for Human Rights

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES, November 29, 2018 / — In a world where fundamental human rights are being abused, a group of human rights advocates have decided to gather together to stand up for human rights. Sunday, December 9th, 2018, at 1 pm Youth for Human Rights DC Chapter will lead a march in honor of the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The march will begin at the Lincoln Memorial and end at the World War II Memorial. Attendees are being encouraged to wear something blue in support of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

Erica Rodgers, the National Director of Youth for Human Rights International and organizer of the march said, “This is a special year for the human rights community. We march to celebrate the progress of the last 70 years but also to demand the changes needed to make the world fair and free for all.”

The United Nations launched their human rights awareness campaign under the banner of #StandUp4HumanRights in December of 2016. This year’s Youth for Human Rights DC march will be supporting that same theme.

Adopted 70 years ago on December 10, 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was compiled as a result of the egregious human rights abuses perpetrated during the Second World War. With the end of that war, and the creation of the United Nations, the international community vowed never to allow atrocities of that kind to ever happen again.

Youth for Human Rights DC’s march is part of a global series of events happening in many cities across the US as well as countries around the world in celebration of Human Rights Day 2018. From California to Copenhagen, Washington DC to Taipei, similar marches will be happening across the globe to celebrate this day and the anniversary of the UDHR.

You can register to participate in the #StandUp4HumanRights March by going to: BIT.LY/HUMANRIGHTSMARCH

About Youth for Human Rights:

Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2001 whose mission is to teach youth about human rights, specifically the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), and inspire them to become valuable advocates for respect and peace. YHRI teaches human rights education both in the classroom and in nontraditional educational settings such as through art series, concerts and other interactive community events. Their most recent campaign has included #KnowYour30 with the deliberate purpose of increasing awareness of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights list of the 30 human rights every person has – and how these become interwoven into everyday life. To learn more go to or watch

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AAS Calls for Billion Dollar War on Suicide as CDC Reports Record-Setting Increase

WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES, November 29, 2018 / — The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) calls on the nation and its suicide prevention partners to address suicide at the scale of the problem.

“Our Nation must immediately and dramatically increase the funding for suicide prevention and intervention research. We must mobilize a nationwide public health effort in the face of the deaths of more than forty four thousand Americans annually,” says Colleen Creighton, AAS Executive Director.

This response comes after a CDC report, released today, highlighted a record-setting Increase in rates from 1999 – 2017 (10.5 per 100,000 to 14 per 100,000, respectively). The report found significant increases in suicide across all demographic groups; these increases are unprecedented in the history of suicide data reporting since 1950.

“In the face of these numbers, the current US investment in suicide research is embarrassing. It amounts to less than ¼ of what our nation spends on dietary supplement research alone,” says Anthony D. Wood, AAS Board Chair.

For those people who want to join us in our mission to better understand suicide and to support those affected by it can learn more at

For the Media: Responsible reporting on suicide, including stories of hope and resilience, can prevent more suicides. Please visit the Reporting on Suicide guidelines for more information.

About AAS: Founded in 1968 by Edwin S. Shneidman, PhD, AAS promotes suicide as a research discipline, public awareness programs, public education and training for professionals and volunteers. The membership of AAS includes mental health and public health professionals, researchers, suicide prevention and crisis intervention centers, school districts, crisis center volunteers, survivors of suicide loss, attempt survivors, and a variety of lay persons who have in interest in suicide prevention.

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Lerner and Rowe Sponsor 10th Annual Together in Teal Event to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer

Lerner & Rowe Gives Back logo

Lerner & Rowe Gives Back

Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys proudly sponsors the NOCC's 10th annual Together in Teal™ Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer®.

Thousands of people suffer from ovarian cancer every year, so we are proud to sponsor an event that spreads knowledge and awareness about this deadly disease.”

— Kevin Rowe

TEMPE, AZ, USA, November 29, 2018 / — Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys are proud to sponsor the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition’s (NOCC’s) 10th annual Together in Teal™ Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer®.

The event will be held on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at North Soccer Field, Kiwanis Park (95 W. Baseline Road, Tempe, AZ 85283). The deadline for online registration is Thursday, November 29 at 4 pm PST. However, day-of registration will be available at the registration tent at North Soccer Field beginning at 7 am.

Kevin Rowe, co-founder of Lerner and Rowe, stated, “Thousands of people suffer from ovarian cancer every year, so we are proud to sponsor an event that spreads knowledge and awareness about this deadly disease.”

10th Annual Together in Teal Event

The Together in Teal 5K event is meant to bring together people who are affected in some way by ovarian cancer. Plenty of people show up, and many don’t necessarily suffer from ovarian cancer themselves. Maybe they carry the genes or perhaps know someone who is affected by ovarian cancer. Regardless, the 5K Run/Walk to Break the Silence is a commemoration to those we love, lost, and remember. During the event, we all will share our experiences and celebrate the survivors of this disease.

Hosted by the Valley of the Sun Chapter, this year’s 5K event hopes to raise $75,000 in donations. Once you register, you can set up a personalized fundraising page, and your family and friends can easily join you in this noble cause.

More About NOCC

The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition fights tirelessly to spread awareness of and raise money for the cure of ovarian cancer. Well over 22,000 women are diagnosed with the disease each year in the United States alone, and of those, about 63% die each year. Founded in 1991, the NOCC aims to spread knowledge of the subtle symptoms of ovarian cancer, as no tests directly detect ovarian cancer. For more information, visit NOCC’s website.

More About Lerner and Rowe

If you cannot make the 10th annual Together in Teal Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer, don’t worry. There are plenty of ways to give back. If you want to participate in giving back to your community, contact Lerner and Rowe Gives Back online or call anytime at (602) 977-1900. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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SL Tamils are Inviting the U.S. to Save them from Chinese Invasion; the US Should Consider for Mutual Interest of Both

Tamils in Sri Lanka with US flag and Portrait of POTUS

Tamils are calling for US help

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, November 29, 2018 / — SL Tamils are Inviting the U.S. to Save them from Chinese Invasion; the United States Should Consider this for Mutual Interest of Tamils and Americans

First of all, India does not have guts to do anything about the Sri Lankan crisis or a Chinese invasion. They are a detached watcher of what is occurring in Sri Lanka.

Both major Sinhalese political parties are pro-Chinese. Clearly Ranil Wikramasinghe is the one who agreed to hand over the Hambantota port and signed a 99 years lease arrangement with China. Presently the Chinese are utilizing it as their maritime port.

As we all know, recently chosen Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is a dear companion of China. The Chinese gave millions of dollars during 2015 presidential and parliamentary election. The Chinese aided Rajapaksa’s regime and helped him during the ethnic war against the Tamils.

The U.S. doesn't gain any benefits from Sri Lanka, but Sri Lanka utilizes the American capacity to escape from war crimes and for other trade advantage.

The Tamils are stating that Rajapaksa will receive billions of dollars from China to shroud the monetary inconveniences that Sri Lanka is confronting now. It is clear that with an additional ten years of ruling of Mr. Rajapaksa will borrow several billion dollars from China.

Tamils are terrified that Sri Lanka, in order to reimburse the loan, will give the Trincomalee harbor and numerous strategical areas in the Tamil inhibited region to China for an additional 99 years.

Tamils are strongly opposed to China’s invasion of their homeland. Any assistance given to the Tamils by the U.S. would help the international community freely use the Malakai Way sea lane in Indian Ocean. If proper a political solution is addressed, Tamils will have their territory either by US-style federalism, Bosnian-style federalism, or an autonomous nation.

Tamils do not have faith in current TNA leader Mr. Sampanthan and his assistant Mr. Sumanthiran. Many believe that these two politicians have sold out for positions and perks. In the last local election, the TNA lost its mandate from Tamils from 75% to 33%.

Now is an optimal time for the U.S. to come to Sri Lanka directly address this issue. Tamils are willing to sign 99 years of assurance from the US to shield them from China. The world will welcome the U.S. putting its full commitment into this worthy cause.

We would like to further reiterate that Tamils who have lost their loved ones, the parents of missing children and people who have lost their homes, ranches, and terrains to the Sinhalese army, are calling America to come to Sri Lanka and help.

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Lerner and Rowe 25 Days of Giving Contest

Lerner and Rowe proudly announces another year of their 25 Days of Giving Contest! So, think of a few of your favorite things.

We love granting these wishes. Twenty-five days of giving certainly isn’t enough to cover all the gratitude we have for our communities”

— Kevin Rowe

PHOENIX, AZ, UNITED STATES , November 28, 2018 / — Lerner and Rowe proudly announces another year of their 25 Days of Giving Contest! So, think of a few of your favorite things. Our elves are waiting to grant you your wish!

Lerner and Rowe make it easy to enter this exciting contest. Follow these simple rules.

Go to Lerner and Rowe’s Facebook page.
"Like" it!
Tell us your wish by leaving a comment on a contest post.
Share the post publicly, on your personal Facebook page.
You must be 18 years old to enter or have a parent or guardian's permission.
Be a legal resident of Arizona, New Mexico or Tennessee
Agree to the terms of these official rules.

From there, our mystical holiday elves scour the wishes to randomly choose a winner and then announce their name! This year, we already gave away a bunk bed, Playstation, dishwasher, and more. We even do two giveaways on Tuesdays. Your wish could be one of them!

"We love granting these wishes. Twenty-five days of giving certainly isn’t enough to cover all the gratitude we have for our communities," said Kevin Rowe.

25 Days of Giving began on November 23 and runs until December 17. To check out the official rules, head to our website. While you wait, we hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday season.

More about Lerner and Rowe

If you are in need of a personal injury lawyer, look no further than Lerner and Rowe. We want to help you whenever you might need. Contact us today at (844)977-1900, or connect with us socially on Facebook and Twitter.

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Can Sexual Abuse Survivors and The Church Achieve Justice?

Attorney Alvin de Levie in the Courtroom

Church officials and sex-abuse victims are both seeking a shared resolution that provides justice to all those inflicted by clergy abuse.

Church officials and sex-abuse victims are both seeking a shared resolution that provides justice to all those inflicted by clergy abuse.”

— Alvin F de Levie, Esq.


Making a sexual abuse claim — even one about a member of the clergy — is gut-wrenching and requires a team of attorneys that understand and empathize what a victim has been through. Lawyers like Alvin F. de Levie have both the compassion and the courtroom experience to help sexual abuse victims work their way through the process of seeking fair and just compensation.

In the aftermath of Pennsylvania's grand jury report, all parties – survivors, lawmakers, and Catholic bishops – agree on one important aspect: There needs to be a reformation of the statute of limitations for sex-abuse crimes.

However, the bishops and numerous survivors have come to a standstill regarding another issue: What is the best acceptable form of justice to all involved?

In the grand jury report, there was blame placed on the hierarchy of the Church for covering up the sexual abuse that 300 predatory priests carried out on more than a thousand children throughout seven decades. The report also put the blame on the leadership of the Church for prohibiting abuse victims from turning to the American justice system for support.

On Sept. 25th, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed a reform bill on the statute-of-limitations that extends the time limit on sexual abuse civil claims from 30 years to 50. Furthermore, the bill also eliminated criminal case statute of limitations.

The Pennsylvania Catholic Bishops' Alternative Mechanism

The bishops opposed the statute, stating that creating such a time-limited window lifting the civil statute dismantling the civil statute of limitations would cause problems for the Church. Such as potentially leading to diocesan bankruptcy, crippling or even causing some existing social services and ministries to close, and stripping the diocese of its resources in order to provide healing and compensation to the victims.

For those reasons, the Pennsylvania Catholic bishops made a proposal of this alternative mechanism: an independent committee-administered voluntary compensation fund. The committee would contain qualified specialists with no ties to the Church, who would judge the claims and compensation amounts. In addition, this compensation fund would also eliminate the ordeal of litigation for victims if they chose to do so.

Archdiocese' Plan To Compensate Abuse Survivors

Recently, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia revealed their new plans of the compensation fund for sexual abuse victims and sent out letters to over 300 victims who have all proven to be credible.

The archdiocese set up the independent program as a way to compensate the childhood sex-abuse victims under the responsibility of the archdiocesan clergy, no matter when the incident occurred.

Administrators have stressed that this program is independent and purely voluntary and that there are no caps on the financial rewards. However, there is one condition that must be abided by the victims – they must waive their rights to ever pursuing any legal action against the church now or at any point in the future in the United States.

This special compensation committee was established following the grand jury report from last summer which outlined the details of over 1,000 children who were abused by more than 300 priests outside of the city of Philadelphia in six dioceses over the period of decades. In response, the grand jury made the recommendation that legislators extend a two-year window to victims allowing them to file civil suits for the decades-old abuse. This move was passed by the House of Representatives, but the state Senate brought it to a halt. Furthermore, the Church also opposed the move.

As a solution, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia recently announced the creation of the Independent Reconciliation and Reparations Program (IRRP).

Since the creation of the Office for Child and Youth Protection fifteen years ago, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has spent upwards of $18 million providing care and resources to abuse victims.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia was also center of grand jury investigations back in 2005 and 2011, which uncovered similar sexual abuse patterns in childhood victims. Following that Philadelphia investigation and in the recent grand jury report involving the additional six Pennsylvania dioceses, the outcomes were closely similar. In both cases, the priests were identified as sexual predators – and in addition, the church leaders were determined by the grand jury to have been involved with covering up the abuse.

The program's administrators revealed that a package of information which included applications was sent to the Archdiocese's 342 identified victims.

Affected victims are encouraged to complete the applications provided on the IRRP website to submit a claim. Victim Support Facilitator, Lynn Shiner, will also be able to help clergy abuse victims submit their claims if they choose to ask for assistance.

Respecting Victims Of Sexual Assault

Following the outcome of the Pennsylvania grand jury report, it's extremely important to know that victims of sexual assault deserve the utmost respect while going through their healing process.

Victim privacy will always be a basic need, and if a victim wishes to remain anonymous, their identity should be protected at all costs.

This is why it's common practice for media professionals to refrain from providing victims' names – unless, of course, they have been given permission to do so.

By keeping the names of sexual abuse victims private, it protects them from any further reoccurrence of victimization that can present itself if they lose control over their story and or identity.

Common Behaviors In Sexual Assault Victims

It is not unheard of for survivors of sexual abuse to initially deny any occurrence of abuse. This is usually due to the feelings of humiliation and shame that victims can sometimes experience following an attack. This can result in the victim feeling isolated and alone.

And, with childhood abuse victims, they can especially feel like outcasts after seeing their young counterparts lead normal, unaffected lives. This feeling can lead to victims feeling ashamed and may remain silent about their abuse for years, and even decades – which can lead to long-term effects on their mental health.

It's found that many survivors of childhood abuse may wait until their adult years to ever share their secret. This can especially be the case with male victims, as they may fear that their abusive past may have something to do with their own sexuality – or, worry that others might be under that impression.

Due to all the shameful feelings associated with child sexual abuse, it is a typical – even normal, response for victims to delay reporting their abuse to authorities.

Victims of child sexual abuse can sometimes feel terrified for their story to get out, or scared that they won't be believed. There are many overwhelming feelings that can leave victims with an internal battle over whether or not they should report their abuse, which can go on for many years.

It's also important to remember that child victims can often feel confused about the sexual abuse they have endured. And, their abuser may have even used fun activities to form a bond and initiate the sexual activity, which can confuse the child even more.

And, in some cases, childhood victims may even continue to have a relationship with the person who abused them despite the sexual activity – which can also cause them to have conflicting emotions.

The continued relationship can be the result of the victim's parents not knowing about the child abuse despite the child not wanting to see their abuser or the victim may even have a special bond with their abuser – especially if they are a family member or close friend.

Mixed Recollection of Sexual Abuse

With some child sexual abuse victims, their recollection of events may change over time. This is because their knowledge and experience evolve as they get older, and they develop a different understanding of the incident.

Throughout the duration of their lives, they may handle their abuse in different ways. Adult survivors might initially flat out deny the abuse, or choose to bury their stories.

But, no matter if their story changes, they choose to not speak of the events, been involved with accidents, suffered from substance abuse or eating disorders, etc. – it does not mean that the victim is not credible or that the abuse never occurred.

The Abuse Is Never The Victim's Fault

It is not uncommon for victims to find themselves frozen and unable to fight off their abuser using physical force.

In fact, most humans tend to freeze when in danger or facing an imminent threat, as opposed to fleeing or fighting back. This is an inherent biological response that has been discovered not only in humans but many other species as well. In this scenario, the brain commands a part of the body to shut down, as a way to improve chances of survival. But still, the sexual violence survivor may still experience self-blame.

Victims of sexual abuse are never to blame for their assault; the fault is entirely on the abuser. The victim should never have their instinctive response to the incident called into question – no matter if they are a woman, man, teenager, etc.

If you are a victim of sexual violence, you need a personal injury lawyer experienced with the American justice system on your side. Take the first step and call the Law Offices of Alvin F. de Levie today at 844-777-2529 for a free case evaluation or help seeking a resource center for clergy abuse.

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Fibank Is the Only Bank in Bulgaria to Offer ATMs for People with Short Stature

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Fibank ATM

SOFIA, BULGARIA, November 28, 2018 / — “The first center for integration of the people with short stature of Bulgaria is preparing to open doors, and part of its team has already begun to travel around the country and offer support”, says Mr. Svetoslav Chernev, Chairman of the National Organization "Little People of Bulgaria".

In April 2018, the Sofia City Council decided to provide the organization with 3 floors of a building in the center of Sofia. So, step by step, Mr. Chernev came close to the realization of his dream that all small people in Bulgaria had a place where to find support. The center is scheduled to open next year.

Mr. Chernev came up with the idea after a visit to Spain and Germany where he saw similar centers. His plans are specialists in Sofia to be able to communicate with their colleagues from Germany and Spain, exchange experience and keep abreast with innovations. Mr. Chernev explains that this could be done by videoconferencing.

In October, the organization began repairing the building pretty much on its own. Companies helped with materials, and volunteers with work.

"One of the most important things is to install an elevator in the building which will make the center accessible to all," says Mr. Chernev, adding that he had already contacted several companies but the organization needed BGN 45,000 for the purpose.

There is still a lot to be done but the second floor is almost ready, with a conference room and an office. Mr. Chernev wants to have a room with facilities and literature especially designed for the needs of people with short stature.

The organization was founded in 1996, and Mr. Chernev has been its chairman since 2007.
More than 5 years ago Mr. Chernev met the team of Fibank for talks about facilitating the provision of banking services to small people. In 2014, Fibank launched the first ATM in Bulgaria adapted for people with short stature. An additional device is installed in front of the ATM that can easily be lowered to the ground. Now, four years later, Fibank is continuing to increase the number of such ATMs in the country and is the only bank to do so. Mr. Chernev says the organization wanted to get other banks involved in the initiative to facilitate access but the attempts were unsuccessful.

"Fibank has been closely supporting our work at the center," Mr. Chernev adds. "It took to heart the problems of small people and each year provides financial assistance to our organization’s activity."
Mr. Chernev further tells that the bank's team is creative and open to new ideas.

"On October 25, we celebrated the Dwarfism Awareness Day with a modest cocktail and a charity auction. We sold items provided by our friends. Fibank gave us a copy of the Holy Gospel of Ivan Assen and the book "A Guide to the collector and investor in coins and precious metals" by Dr. Valentina Grigorova-Gencheva and Prof. Ilya Prokopov, which is a limited edition. It was very generous and we highly appreciated it," says Mr. Chernev. The funds raised by the auction will be used for the repairing of the center.

Ivailo Alexandrov
Fibank (First Investment Bank)
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Source: EIN Presswire