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For 2022, Team Only Stronger has some STRONG goals:​

  • Engage a minimum of 1,000 children impacted by trauma and their families to support their healing and empowerment.

  • At least 75% of children and their families will report that the campaign and #OnlyStrongerMovement positively affected their healing from trauma.

  • At least 75% of participating community members and organizations will report increased learning in areas of childhood trauma prevention and advocacy by the end of the campaign. 

  • Inform about local needs and childhood trauma responses through monthly stories of impact on the Team Only Stronger website and/or on social media platforms. 

 

 

Mission

The Mission of Team Only Stronger is to build a brand around the development and implementation of practical education and support initiatives that focus on helping children develop social/emotional competence and skills and to build healthy self-esteem and relationships; in order to have a greater impact on preventing many problems children and youth face, including child physical/sexual abuse of all forms, bullying, school violence, substance abuse, and suicide.

The Movement Defined

Movement to Reconnect

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.

Childhood Trauma

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.