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“Hurt People Hurt People:” Mental Health Expert Discusses Sex Assault Allegations Against Afrika Bambataataa

After decades of silence, scores of men rankled the hip-hop world when they stepped forward to allege that they had been sexually assaulted by Afrika Bambaataa in the eighties when he led Zulu Nation.

No charges have been filed against Bambaataa because of New York’s restrictive statute of limitations in cases of child sexual abuse, which only allows victims to file suit up to the age of 23. Most of the victims are over the age of 45, according to various media reports. Bamabaataa, a founder of the hip-hop movement, has denied the charges.

If the allegations are true, the victims are likely in need of intensive therapy Terrie M. Williams, a mental health expert and author of Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting tells NewsOne. And if the allegations are true, Bambaataa, a founder of the hip hop movement who mentored scores of young men, is likely in need of intensive therapy himself, Williams says.

“Hurt people hurt people,” she said.

Williams and Dawn Porter, a board certified psychiatrist and founder and CEO of Family Renewed in St. Louis, Missouri, spoke to NewsOne about how to talk to children about sex assault and molestation. Both encourage parents to teach their children at a young age about “bad touch” and not to be fearful to speak up if an adult or child makes inappropriate advances toward them.

NewsOne: How do we start the conversation with our children?

Dr. Dawn Porter: First, we have to communicate with our children because people don’t always have the best intentions. Oftentimes parents are looking for mentors for young Black boys because of the different challenges they are facing, but they have to be careful about assumptions that are made about potential mentors just because of a person’s position in the community.

Parents also have to be mindful of watching their children and knowing who they are as individuals. That way parents can notice behavioral changes, which is one of the biggest ways that children talk to us about what’s going on in their lives. Oftentimes with someone who has been sexually molested, you will see a change in their behavior. We have to watch our children as they are growing up and connecting and communicating with them.

NO: There are signs that parents can look for?

DDP: Sure, some signs include falling grades in school, drug and alcohol abuse, depression and anxiety, and general acting out, which could come in the form of stealing and other criminal behavior. Oftentimes we blame our kids for the behavior and fail to recognize that something else is going on. Terrie has talked about Black pain and how we all have a mask. There are assumptions about why teens do what they do without really taking the time to understand, but we have to take the time to understand what our kids are dealing with. With social media today, there are even more barriers between parents and their children. Relationships can be very superficial, so parents must go the extra mile to make those connections.

NO: Besides the obvious, like criminal records, how can parents parents protect their children from potential abusers?

Terrie Williams: One of the things that is ever present in my mind and in my spirit is you can never know what a person’s journey has been. People are wounded and scarred. Oftentimes they never ever get help. When you’re wounded and scarred you will reenact it on someone else, so we have to take the time to get to know people and their stories before releasing our children to their care.

NO: How do we lift veil on this issue in the Black community?

DDP: One of the things to do is to talk about it with victims and get them the help they need. That will prevent them from becoming the perpetrator in the next generation. In St. Louis, we started a program called Sharing Our Stories to help youth talk to each other. That way they recognize that they are not alone.

TW: Hurt people hurt people and we never know what a person’s journey has been that has caused them to do the things that they do. More of us should have the conversation so that if someone has been molested, they’ll have the opportunity to talk about what happened to them and get the help they need.

NO: But it’s not so easy getting people to talk because there is still a lot of shame and pain associated with victims of sex abuse.

TW: The healing comes when you know you are not standing alone, and that there are others who were violated. We have to share our stories with each other. You look at somebody and it seems as if all is well, but we learn what is beneath the surface when we share our stories. Opening up let’s you know that you are not alone. In closing, I’ll say there is power in sharing our stories, and it should be embraced by the community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Hurt People Hurt People:” Mental Health Expert Discusses Sex Assault Allegations Against Afrika Bambataataa

  That's it right there.  When hurt people hurt each other...when children are sexually damage as a result of sex abuse....many lash out as adults.  Which is why it is a vicious cycle of ongoing child rape.  Cuz the child in those rapes never grow out of it.  And America continues to ignore this social crisis while it engages in gender bathrooms that will most definitely FEED the palette of these sex offenders.  As of yet, there has not been an open discussion on how to deal with children abused by adults.  

This has been swept under the rug as many unsuspecting children become prey.  It is twist thinking and irresponsibility to allow this to occur.  No one is saying a damn thang about the ramification of sex abuse and no one is saying anything about what they are doing to fight it as child trafficking continues.  And what pisses me off is America is NOT connecting the focking dots.  Many in the government is DELIBERATELY turning a blind eye to it.  Just like lives matters so does the protection of our children from POTENTIAL child predators.  All this fake ass "fairness" policy is just that.  How can you think CRUSHING someone's foot for those without shoes?  

As by the way, black people are dropping like flies.  This is not a pick your poison kinda thing.  It's a humility type of thang.  How can you give some one the right to invade while invading the privacy of others?  That doesn't MAKE sense.  Give them their OWN bathroom.....that makes sense.   Why knowingly give sex predators a gateway to destroy children lives?  The government  should have discussed the dos and don'ts to  a reasonable extend  before swifting without congressional thought  MANDATING this obvious VIOLATION to women/girl's right-why ain't those whores saying ANYTHING?  Oh cuz the men who makes their shoes, dresses and fashion predictions....are GAY?  Surely our children's rights to their own body  is worth far more than that as why women's rights initially had absolutely nothing to do with women per se and EVERYTHING to do with White [whore] privilege   Another post entirely...but!   

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Kocolicious posted:

“Hurt People Hurt People:” Mental Health Expert Discusses Sex Assault Allegations Against Afrika Bambataataa

  That's it right there.  When hurt people hurt each other...when children are sexually damage as a result of sex abuse....many lash out as adults.  Which is why it is a vicious cycle of ongoing child rape.  Cuz the child in those rapes never grow out of it.  And America continues to ignore this social crisis while it engages in gender bathrooms that will most definitely FEED the palette of these sex offenders.  As of yet, there has not been an open discussion on how to deal with children abused by adults.  

This has been swept under the rug as many unsuspecting children become prey.  It is twist thinking and irresponsibility to allow this to occur.  No one is saying a damn thang about the ramification of sex abuse and no one is saying anything about what they are doing to fight it as child trafficking continues.  And what pisses me off is America is NOT connecting the focking dots.  Many in the government is DELIBERATELY turning a blind eye to it.  Just like lives matters so does the protection of our children from POTENTIAL child predators.  All this fake ass "fairness" policy is just that.  How can you think CRUSHING someone's foot for those without shoes?  

As by the way, black people are dropping like flies.  This is not a pick your poison kinda thing.  It's a humility type of thang.  How can you give some one the right to invade while invading the privacy of others?  That doesn't MAKE sense.  Give them their OWN bathroom.....that makes sense.   Why knowingly give sex predators a gateway to destroy children lives?  The government  should have discussed the dos and don'ts to  a reasonable extend  before swifting without congressional thought  MANDATING this obvious VIOLATION to women/girl's right-why ain't those whores saying ANYTHING?  Oh cuz the men who makes their shoes, dresses and fashion predictions....are GAY?  Surely our children's rights to their own body  is worth far more than that as why women's rights initially had absolutely nothing to do with women per se and EVERYTHING to do with White [whore] privilege   Another post entirely...but!   

I believe that America cannot get serious about child sexual abuse because of the fact that there are so many child sexual predators in America in the first place, and because so many are in such 'high' places or have friends in 'high' places, that almost any progress made against predators is stopped or stagnated by people who have a vested interest in curtailing punishments, sentences and laws that should already be in place to put an end to pedophilia in America.  

So, 'hurt people, do hurt people' but they are not supposed to.  No one has the right to hurt another person because they have been hurt.  And if you are an adult, you know better than to do anything as egregious as pedophilia no matter what has happened to you as a child or any other time.  Outside of mental retardation or complete insanity, no adult has ANY excuse for molesting or having sex with children.  

But, at the same time, I don't get how most parents just refuse to change with the times where their children are concerned.  There used to be a time when your kids could be outside playing by themselves, sometimes for hours, without anything happening to them.  There used to be a time when you didn't have to give a second thought to your child going on a 'sleepover' at a friend's home, and there definitely used to be a time when your child's teacher was the last person you would have had to worry about molesting your child, BUT, those times have changed, those times have BEEN changed, and it makes no sense that so many parents are still trying to parent as if it's still the 50s, or even the 40s or something.

More parents need to watch their children more than they do, and not allow everybody and their mama to "babysit" their children, and the need to talk to their children about child predators, perverts, and inappropriate 'touch' and behaviors of adults or older children toward a child.  

Every deviate behavior known to humanity has only grown/increased with the times, nothing has stayed the same, especially child sexual abuse, so today's parents have to change, and have to change their parenting styles to be vigilante against potential pedophiles, and to protect their from child predators, whether they be complete strangers, family members or friends or neighbors.  

We need laws that will actually put child predators away from society FOREVER, and we need parents to actually PARENT their own children by today's necessities.  

 

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Sista Sunnubian wrote: I believe that America cannot get serious about child sexual abuse because of the fact that there are so many child sexual predators in America in the first place, and because so many are in such 'high' places or have friends in 'high' places, that almost any progress made against predators is stopped or stagnated by people who have a vested interest in curtailing punishments, sentences and laws that should already be in place to put an end to pedophilia in America.  

 Exactly.    

So, 'hurt people, do hurt people' but they are not supposed to.  No one has the right to hurt another person because they have been hurt.  And if you are an adult, you know better than to do anything as egregious as pedophilia no matter what has happened to you as a child or any other time.  Outside of mental retardation or complete insanity, no adult has ANY excuse for molesting or having sex with children.

There is no excuse.  Bottom line.  Children deserve their childhood without the threat of sexual harm.  Period.  No discussion.

 But, at the same time, I don't get how most parents just refuse to change with the times where their children are concerned.  There used to be a time when your kids could be outside playing by themselves, sometimes for hours, without anything happening to them.  There used to be a time when you didn't have to give a second thought to your child going on a 'sleepover' at a friend's home, and there definitely used to be a time when your child's teacher was the last person you would have had to worry about molesting your child, BUT, those times have changed, those times have BEEN changed, and it makes no sense that so many parents are still trying to parent as if it's still the 50s, or even the 40s or something.

 And then there are parents who want to be their children's friend.  Who allow them to smoke cigarettes and some times marijuana...and focus on clothes/shoes and image not education and social decorum.  

And then the parents who throw their own the kids under the bus cuz that's how they were raised even though how they were raised was wrong.  Don't wanna change.  Don't wanna look at things realistically.  And the worse thing parents can do is not talk to their kids and let them know about the world around them.  I am soooooooooooo grateful I grew in the era that I did.  Cuz black folks made sure their children was aware at all time and acquire the social decorum to mingle and engage socially.  Kids today don't have that either.  So no you can't trust the neigbhorhood Uncle Ted anymore-I blame that on foreigners bringing their backward third world  twisted patriarchal mindset to this country.  Many of em don't respect women....and engage in that behavior in their own country.  It was always here don't get me wrong...but!  It was never to this level.  And I'm pissed that psychologists ARE NOT talking about this...cuz this is the reason why homosexuality is sky high.  Abuse the child...and don't get him treatment.  It's bound to happen.  Cuz many times he thinks it's his fault and maybe he was born gay...cuz pedophiles keep bothering him.  That;s not the truth but that's how kids think.  They're not adults.  We need to understand as well.  Their mind are not fully developed until 24-26 ish.  And even then there is lot of milk STILL on their breath.  

And western hemisphere is the only place where children have a true childhood.  In other places in the Asia, eastern Europe, the mediterrean, Africa and the middle east, children do not have childhoods.  They are treated like little adults when they are in fact...CHILDREN.  And are abused because of it.  Which is another problem the world has.    Cuz many times these children are not educated and grow up to believe this is the way it is supposed to be and it is not.  

More parents need to watch their children more than they do, and not allow everybody and their mama to "babysit" their children, and the need to talk to their children about child predators, perverts, and inappropriate 'touch' and behaviors of adults or older children toward a child.  

Every deviate behavior known to humanity has only grown/increased with the times, nothing has stayed the same, especially child sexual abuse, so today's parents have to change, and have to change their parenting styles to be vigilante against potential pedophiles, and to protect their from child predators, whether they be complete strangers, family members or friends or neighbors.  

We need laws that will actually put child predators away from society FOREVER, and we need parents to actually PARENT their own children by today's necessities.  

I totally agree.  But!

Side Note:  

After watching this video and this guy telling of all the psychological problems he's suffered over the years, I'm taking a step back on this Afrika Bambaattaa thing for now, because I have known more than one person to have Schizoprenia or Bi-polar Disorder, and have witnessed the extremely elaborate delusions they have, which are as real to them as if it was really happening, and how many of their delusions and/or hallucinations are of some type of sexual abuse that never really happened.  

I'm also reserving judgement because of he silent epidemic of young Black males [and young males of all other races] all of a sudden having "schizophrenia" or "bi-polar disorder" (which I believe is being fueled by batches of tainted marijuana allowed on the streets) that NO ONE is talking about publicly, not emergency room doctors, not mental health institutions and hospitals, not America's psychiatrists and psychologists, not the news media, and certainly not African America

So, for now at least, this accusation is kinda up in the air as far as I'm concerned because of these factors.  

But, since there are other accusers, [though they may turn out to be merely trying to extort money out of Bambaattaa], I'm putting the accusations vs. Bambattaa's denial at about 70/30 with the higher on the side of the accuser(s).  

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