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Too often we carry mountains that we were only meant to climb. And that is okay. That just shows that we are strong enough to carry mountains. With this new perspective, we can use that new found strength and climb these mountains together. 

It doesn't get easier. We only get stronger.

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Mission

The Mission of Team Only Stronger is to develop and implement practical education and support initiatives that focus on helping children develop social/emotional competence and skills, developing self-esteem, and building safe, healthy relationships; in order to have a greater impact on preventing many problems children and youth face, including sexual abuse, bullying, school violence, substance abuse, and suicide.

 

Vision

The vision of Team Only Stronger is to ensure the right of every child to a healthy and safe childhood, one free from the devastating effects of sexual abuse on them, their families and our communities.

The Movement Defined

Childhood Trauma

Movement to Reconnect

The National Institute of Mental Health (USA) defines childhood trauma as: “The experience of an event by a child that is emotionally painful or distressful, which often results in lasting mental and physical effects.” 

Child Sexual Abuse

Child sexual abuse is a significant but preventable public health problem. Many children wait to report or never report child sexual abuse. Although estimates vary across studies, the data shows:

  • About 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 13 boys experience child sexual abuse at some point in childhood.

  • 91% of child sexual abuse is perpetrated by someone the child or child’s family knows.

We are all social beings by nature. Connectedness and community are necessary, if not vital to our well being. Through their very existence, social relationships can be a source of healing for many psychological wounds. Because traumas like sexual abuse and assault occur in relative secrecy - in a state of disconnection between people -  it is not surprising to hear from trauma theorists that "reconnection" is part of the healing process.

Peer2Peer Digitial Support Initiative

Through this initiative, Team #ONLYSTRONGER and the North County San Diego Family Justice Center One Safe place have partnered on an initiative to support children impacted by trauma and or abuse through providing monthly and/or quarterly donations of 50 children's toys or more that also come with a QR code linked to a personal message of encouragement and empowerment from one of their peers who have shared a similar trauma.  

Funds raised by Team Only Stronger directly support  our Peer2Peer Digital Support Initiative in collaboration with the Hall of Justice Victim Services Division and the North County San Diego Family Justice Center's One Safe Place; which opens in February 2022.