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Sexual Abuse: Is Your Child or Grandchild at Risk? #MeToo

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A Wake-Up Call

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I wrote this article to baby boomers back in 2014. Given the Kavanaugh rape allegations, I thought I would repost this piece. It's an important topic that should be ever present in our minds!

Over the past 48 hours, Huffington Post users have read about sexual abuse of an infant and sexual assault of a college student. Both are virtually inconceivable and unpalatable.

Surprising? No! Acceptable? No! Actionable, Yes!

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We live in unprecedented times. There are lots of good things happening.

Unfortunately, our world also has much to make us fearful and even more that's downright dangerous. Can we really make a difference? You bet we can!

If you're a baby boomer, now might be a great time for a Family Communications Tune-Up. If you never communicated as well as you wished, that's fine too, call it an overhaul!

We get so caught up in the daily grind of living that sometimes we overlook small but vital things. Baby boomers have the benefit of having lived a little longer and the maturity to take a step back and reevaluate.

Have we become so engrossed in the daily grind of working, taking care of children grand-kids or parents, that we've overlooked the one important characteristic we all share in common? We're family.

If we were great communicators in the past, that's wonderful; if we were a bit remiss, it's never too late. However, communicating is organic. It doesn't just cease at a given age or point in time.

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Communication is perhaps the least-expensive, most-effective tool we possess to ensure the emotional and physical well-being of those we love most.

Sometimes, we have to hear or read about a travesty to remind us just how important our family is. A negative event can be a catalyst for positive change! If you shuddered when you read about the alleged abuses, you are halfway home. You're aware. Now mobilize that new-found consciousness into affirmative action.

Many older boomers grew up in an age where authority was taken for granted. Schools were safe havens. While we attended, our parents were relatively worry-free and could get on with their daily activities. They rarely questioned authority. The church was sacrosanct. Hindsight informs us. Action empowers us!

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