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They Stole my Power, Time to Get My Power Back
For Savage, speaking out has been about healing, justice, forgiveness and helping. “I believe communication is key with all forms of trauma. The three individuals stole my power and it was time for me to get my power back. That will form my legacy – communicating and speaking my truth to empower others.
This has been a long journey, a lot of hard work, many tears and a lot of inner reflection. I can honestly sit here right now and say I love myself from the heart for who I am.”

Mondays 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Dave Passell 09 378 8823
manager@betterblokes.org.nz

Wednesday 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Scott Grey 09 378 8824
scott@betterblokes.org.nz

Thursdays 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Noel Ward 09 378 8822
noel.ward@betterblokes.org.nz

Mondays 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Poutoa Papalii 09 378 8825
poutoa.papalii@betterblokes.org.nz

Cognitive Distortions & Sexual Abuse
Sexually abused children demonstrate chronic levels of helplessness, hopelessness, inability to trustself-blame, and lowered self-esteem. These cognitive distortions can follow child victims into adulthood and negatively impact mental health, life function, relationships, and goal direction. When life is difficult, these children tend to ascribe the responsibility to internal, enduring factors related to their characters and behaviors.
This cognitive perception links back to the self-perception that “I am bad,” not that this is a “bad thing” that has happened to me. This may not be self-stated but rather is inferred from behaviors. Anger may be directed externally, but evaluation of the cognitive distortions reveals significant misinterpretation of events and processes.
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Accommodation Syndrome – Sexual Abuse

The child sexual abuse accommodation syndrome is an explanation for why children do not reveal that they have been sexually abused. Roland Summit (1993) first described these common reactions that children...
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Identifying Signs of Emotional Abuse

Consider the possibility of emotional abuse when The child: Shows extremes in behavior, such as being overly compliant, demanding, extremely passive or aggressive Is inappropriately...
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Average victim takes 24 years to reveal their secret

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jul/01/you-grow-up-hating-yourself-why-child-abuse-survivors-keep-and-break-their-silence “We have a society that hasn’t wanted to hear about it,” she explains. “As we saw in the royal commission, a lot of people...
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Making the Case for Peer Support

https://t.co/voifyLEz1B — Better Blokes (@BetterBlokesNZ) May 14, 2020 The earliest known peer support group in mental health was the Lunatic Friends’ Society established in England...
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Lived experience crucial in peer support

https://t.co/v8xnQej7vY — Better Blokes (@BetterBlokesNZ) May 14, 2020 The following two African men explained the benefit of HIV-specific groups: “Here, you get a lot of...
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South Auckland Peer Support

Mondays 4:00pm – 6:00pm Poutoa Papalii 09 378 8825 poutoa.papalii@betterblokes.org.nz
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Kiwis among earliest sleepers and risers

A University of Michigan study using data from Entrain, a smartphone app aimed at reducing jetlag, found Kiwis on average go to sleep at 10.48pm...
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MSD: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Download Guidance on use of PPE in Social Services (PDF-132kb)It is important to note that: • To protect yourself and those you work with, you...
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