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LESSON 6 105
(PPs) Read the points on both slides and draw from the information below:
Abuse during pregnancy can cause harm to the developing fetus. There’s
an increased chance of miscarriage, premature birth, and low birth weight.
These babies are at an increased risk of serious health problems, including
infant mortality. There can be lasting major or minor disabilities.
Mothers who experience abuse in their relationships during their pregnancy
may be more likely to use alcohol. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause fetal alcohol effects—some
may be major, and some may be subtle brain disorders not evident right away.12
After birth, an abused mother may be worn down emotionally, depressed, and unavailable to nurture her
child. This is a danger for babies. Babies need lots of loving interactions for their little brains and bodies to
grow and to form an attachment bond with their parent(s).
A child can get anxious, worried, and scared. The child does not have to be hit directly to be impacted by
violence in the home.
Children living in homes with domestic violence are more likely to develop
emotional and behavioral problems, be depressed, have learning disabilities
and problems in school, and/or engage in aggressive behaviors themselves
as they grow.
If you grew up with violence in your home, you know how bad it felt.
Be aware of your own behaviors and the behaviors of a partner.
Always know that your intimate choices can involve a child too. A question to ask in these situations is, do
you think this is the parent you’d want for your child.
In this optional Ted Talk by Tony Porter (11 minutes), he recounts the kinds of
messages drummed into him as he was growing up in the South Bronx. (PP)
Porter’s story gives us insights into how a guy could develop a mentality
that would lead him to disrespect and abuse females. He admits that what
his friends were doing was rape.
A Call to Men
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