The Chronicle USA

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Chid abuse is not a secret

Keepers of a child abuse website are asking those who care to wear a blue ribbon every day this month to promote child abuse prevention awareness.
But National Child Abuse Prevention Month won’t only be about handing out blue ribbons. Several local agencies are increasing their visibility in the community.
Laura Newbery, founder of Children Hope and Horses, helps child abuse victims by showing children how to ride and care for horses. The program has been in existence for two years but Newbery has been a life long equestrian.
“I started when I was three or four, I know what horses have done for me over the years. They are great at building self-confidence and self esteem.
She became interested in helping children who are adopted or who have abuse in their history because of the way she was raised.
“I had very good life growing up. There is just something about child and animal abuse I don’t agree with.”
Newbery, 38, says she grew up watching her close friends go through tough times.
“I know growing up watching childhood friends and how their parents handled them – very rough. Hitting, slapping, (using) belts. You could see the fear in those children. Back then it was just one of those things – how children were raised. It was acceptable back then, times have changed for the better,” she said.
“The one girl who whose father was heavy handed – I had two ponies – she loved to spend time with the ponies. It was her quiet time,” she said.
Child abuse victims who are later adopted into an appropriate environment still need support and counseling. Sometimes the worst scars are the ones that are hardest to notice, Patrice Kelty of Child and Family Connections said.

1 comment:

chh4255 said...

MsMcCloud posted the attached and, although we appreciate the recognition...the information contains errors and inaccuracies chief of which is what Laura's program does. It is a "free" program and has been in existence for 6 years. It is not a riding program, per se, although a child may choose to learn to ride. The program addresses the issues of ATTACHMENT DISORDER that results from abuse, neglect and abandonment, using horses to initially teach these children how to "trust"....from there the horses help the child to develop, self esteem, a sense of self worth, responsibility and self confidence. Anger, violence inability to 'feel' are just some of the common issues. The childhood anecdote described was just one isolated instance. There were other factors that motivated Laura to take on this awesome task and responsibility.
Should anyone want to know more....visit us @ www.childrenhopeandhorses.org or call me @ 561-715-7231.
Tom

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