Sunday, July 31, 2016

"A Childhood Fractured" The Project

Once upon a time, we were all children. Some of us spent the invaluable innocence of childhood playing, running, laughing, and growing. Making best friends with strangers. And those wide eyes fell bewildered by the majestic beauty of that huge world out there. A world waiting to be explored. But some of us had that invaluable innocence taken from us. Some of us had a dark and cruel introduction to this life, that left lacerations on our souls. For some us, those wounds never healed and we devolved into madness. And for the rest of us, those wounds healed, however, they left behind scars that serve as a constant reminder of what we have lived through.
Our scars are from childhood sexual abuse. And we have decided to show the world these scars through an artistic reconstruction entitled “A Childhood Fractured”. This project will consist of a series of paintings paired with short stories that depict artists Allen Vandever’s childhood sexual abuse. This subject matter will be crafted into a series of books co-authored by Derek Hopkins. We are breaking our lifelong silence in hopes that others will do the same. As a result of this, we believe we can kindle a critical, constructive, and positive dialogue about sexual abuse.

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Child Sexual Abuse Statistics

Child Sexual Abuse Statistics

Prevalence Rate | Disclosure Research | Prevalence Research | Consequences | References | All Statistics and References

The facts are shocking. Key statistics answering the following questions: What is the prevalence of child sexual abuse? What puts a child at risk? What are the consequences?View, print and download our PDF's to learn more about child sexual abuse.
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All Statistics and References

Learn all the statistics including facts on the magnitude of the problem, perpetrators, circumstances, risk factors, consequences, reporting and signs of abuse.

The Magnitude 
of the Problem

Child sexual abuse is far more prevalent than people realize. Find out how big the problem really is.


Those who molest children look and act just like everyone else. Abusers can be neighbors, friends, and family members.

of Abuse

Child sexual abuse takes place under specific, often surprising circumstances.


While no child is immune, there are child and family characteristics that can heighten the risk of sexual abuse.

of Abuse

Emotional and mental health problems are often the first consequence and sign of child sexual abuse.

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Only about one third of child sexual abuse incidents are identified, and even fewer are reported.

Signs of

Do you know what to do if you suspect or discover child sexual abuse? Learn the facts about signs of abuse that will help you identify when to report.

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Friday, July 29, 2016

The Beginning: An Artist Was Made

The very first memory I can recall is from my infancy. I was there, lying in my crib, as the warmth of the sun oozed from the window and covered me like a blanket. And without notice, a blissful symphony of bright colors came into view. Oranges, reds, yellows, and a dark phthalo green partook in the most in elaborate of dances. Then with such an unmistakable intimacy, these colors carved out an ephemeral doorway that I could not help but enter. This doorway was Van Gogh's "Sunflowers". It was hanging on the wall of my nursery next to my crib. This thorough exploration of the vivid brushstrokes, colors, and patterns carved the path that I forever walk with grace; the path of the artist.

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