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This profile was last updated on 4/9/03  and contains information from public web pages.
 
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  • Director
    New Day Shelter
  • Executive Director
    New Day Shelter
  • Contributor
    The Daily Press
  • Executive Director
    Day Shelter
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The Daily Press - Ashland, Wisconsin
www.ashlandwi.com, 9 April 2003 [cached]
False allegations are extremely rare in cases of sexual assault against children, but they do happen, according to Yvonne Aronson, director of the New Day Shelter in Ashland.
For a young child to have fabricated a story about sexual abuse would probably require manipulation by an adult or older sibling, Aronson said, as children are typically not capable of premeditating a false allegation.
"I can't imagine a four year old making up a story like that," Aronson said.
A victim recanting their story is more common, but Aronson said that does not always mean the allegation in untrue.
"When people recant, it's typically because they fear repercussions," Aronson said."They recant because to go through the whole court process can be extremely overwhelming emotionally.Sometimes it's easier just to say 'I don't want to go through this.'"
Midge Montano, a counselor and advocate at the New Day Shelter, said children are naturally truthful at a certain age and trust parents and other adult caregivers to believe what they say.
Sexual abuse is the worst kind of violation in this trust between a child and adult, Montano said, because a person's sexuality is something so personal.
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Aronson added that the perpetrator will do anything they can to keep the child from coming forward with allegations, as they do not want to stop the abusive relationship.
"When a child is being sexually abused, there tends to be a game going on between the perpetrator and the child, and oftentimes the child is threatened that 'if you tell someone I am going to hurt your mom or your dad,'" Aronson said."So, for a child to share that information I think is real commendable.It takes a lot of courage."
In cases where the child's father, stepfather or the mother's boyfriend is involved, Aronson said the mother will sometimes be in denial about the allegations, and will react by blaming the child.
"That is extremely devastating to the child because they are going to an adult, disclosing, and hoping to be safe," Aronson said."Then the child internalizes it as them doing something wrong."
The child starts to feel guilty when someone they trust does not want to believe them, Montano said, especially when that adult is supposed to be their caregiver.
Confusion also arises when the child becomes stimulated even though they know the behavior is wrong, Aronson said, but the problem lies in the fact that children are incapable of making decisions like that, Montano added.
Even into their teenage years, juveniles are not emotionally equipped to make decisions about sexual contact, Montano said, and perpetrators will manipulate their victims into feeling as though the behavior is acceptable.
Anyone who suspects child molestation or hears an allegation should realize that the perpetrator may seem harmless or even caring toward the child, Montano said.
"I think people need to keep in mind that many times perpetrators know their victims and they do appear nice, kind, and loving," Montano said."Because they are naturally trying to form a relationship with that child."
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False memory syndrome, in which fabricated events and images are implanted in a person's mind, is a concern for counselors, Aronson said, but most of the time they find that even memories that have been repressed for 20 or more years are true.
Aronson said the New Day Shelter has come a long way in shedding light on the problem of sexual abuse in the area, noting that many cases went unreported in the past, when this type of crime was never discussed publicly.
Nearly every time the New Day counselors go into a classroom to talk about reporting sexual abuse, Aronson said they have had at least one child come forward with a story of being molested.
And as counselors, Aronson and Montano said they must always trust that their clients are telling them the truth.
"It's real important that we believe them," Aronson said."Otherwise, there would be another betrayal.It would be like, 'Why should I disclose, if no one is going to believe me?'"
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The Daily Press - Ashland, Wisconsin
www.ashlandwi.com, 21 Oct 2002 [cached]
By YVONNE ARONSON
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Yvonne Aronson is director of New Day Shelter, Ashland, serving clients in Ashland and Bayfield counties.
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The Daily Press - Ashland, Wisconsin
www.ashlandwi.com, 8 Oct 2002 [cached]
"October marks National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time when New Day Shelter focuses its work on awareness," stated Yvonne Aronson, Executive Director of New Day Shelter.
The Daily Press - Ashland, Wisconsin
www.ashlandwi.com, 20 Oct 2003 [cached]
STAMP ARTWORK - Ashland Post Office Officer-in-Charge Jeff Kupczyk presents artwork depicting the new 45 cent Stop Family Violence stamp to New Day Shelter Executive Director Yvonne Aronson.
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Kupczyk made the presentation of a framed stamp print to New Day Shelter Executive Director Yvonne Aronson at the event.
"Since the employees of the Ashland Post Office agree that you and your staff have provided much needed services for individuals affected by domestic violence, we would like to take this opportunity to present this artwork to you and everyone associated with the New Day Shelter," he said."We sincerely thank you for all you do for our community."
Aronson called the issuance of the stamp a "huge milestone in the efforts to reduce family violence."
The stamp itself features as heart-wrenching image of a distraught woman drawn by a child artist . The crayon drawing of the stick figure woman has her arms raised in despair, tears falling from her eyes.The words at the bottom of the stamp carry the simple message "Stop Family Violence."
"The drawing on the stamp will serve as a reminder that children who witness domestic violence are profoundly affected by it," Aronson said."Every time someone purchases the Stop Family Violence stamp, they will be supporting victims of domestic violence and their children."
Aronson said the stamp offered the opportunity for every citizen to both contribute financially to fight domestic violence and to educate the public about the effects of domestic violence on children, families and communities every time they mailed a letter.
Aronson noted that the stamp's striking design and the circumstances that led to its use were unusual: Postal Art director Carl Herrman selected six-year-old Monique Blais of Santa Barbara, Calif. as a model for the stamp.
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"Her drawing depicted it so well that I wondered, when I saw the stamp, if she was somehow affected by family violence herself," Aronson said.
The Daily Press - Ashland, Wisconsin
www.ashlandwi.com, 21 Oct 2002 [cached]
By YVONNE ARNSON
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Yvonne Arnson is the Director of New Day Shelter in Ashland.
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