Child Abuse Prevention Month

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Imagine waking up wondering whether your dad will beat you because he’s drunk. Imagine having to control every little thing you do – the grades you get, who you hang out with, the way you walk, etc. – because if they’re not perfect, your mom will ridicule you for being stupid, dumb, and worthless. Imagine living completely alone in a rundown apartment without food, water, or love.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month – so please, do something to help children suffering from this horrible treatment. It can be as simple as asking a friend if everything is okay at home or donating through an online charity. Here is the official site for Child Abuse Prevention Month run by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services – the site contains fantastic information and ways to get involved.

To show the extent of this issue, here are some troubling statistics from 2007, taken from this site:
– Almost five children die every day as a result of child abuse.
– 90% of child sexual abuse victims know the perpetrator in some way; 68% are abused by family members.
– About 30% of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own children, thus continuing the horrible cycle.
– The estimated annual cost of child abuse and neglect in the United States for 2007 is $104 billion.

Besides spreading awareness, participating in events, and donating to charities, I plan to write a book about child abuse. I don’t know the story, the characters, or any of the details, really – but I want to write something that teenage victims can relate to. It’s one of my goals in life, and a reason why I try to improve my writing ability.

Just a call could save a life. (image via imageshack)


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2 responses to “Child Abuse Prevention Month

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  2. Elizabeth M Marsh

    Child abuse cannot be prevented ~ as anyone who has been on hte receiving end will testify.

    First, it was child abuse, then it was bullying – as if both were new occurrences. Now, it is cyber-stalking. A subtle way of accusing someone that like as not cannot be easily refuted. Similarly, as with child abuse, this is another campaign largely driven by negative ideology that implies that someone is guilty.

    It is not easy to challenge such rhetoric. Few doubt that abuses exist – yet the scale is insignificant compared to any other crime. Despite this, abuse is given a disproportionate level of coverage making it seem bigger, or greater, or worse than it actually is. Any worthwhile debate is rendered virtually impossible, or instantly silenced by critics, for who could reason that child abuse ain’t what it’s cracked up to be, and not be condemned for saying so?

    What the ‘experts’ refuse to acknowledge is that it is the fear of child abuse that drives many people’s thinking, rather than the occurrence of it per se. Yet the experts’ response to abuse is to ‘protect’ those affected. Were this any other event in one’s life – the loss of a loved one, or a pet, or a traffic accident, or fire ravaging their home etc., that child would not be given the prominince that they are when the subject is abuse.

    How can any child survive such scrutiny? If a child goes into hospital for a broken leg, the doctors are likely to recommend that the patient is up and about as soon as possible. Whilst the child may take time to recover from such an event, they do not subsequenly think, or worry about it for the rest of their lives. Why would they?

    Yet abuse of all kinds is viewed very differently.

    The question the experts refuse to consider is why do they give abuse such prominence? Why do they not give consideration to ‘intent’ when alleged abuses occur? Without allowing for intent, the perpetrator is automatically perceived as ‘guilty’.

    My hope must be that one day, the world will right itself again and that when it does, all those guilty of fomenting such skewed ideology, and for declaring it to be sound when it is not – that their voices will be silenced, and that it will be their words that will ultimately condemn them for the damage they have inflicted.

    A camera shot is simply a reflection of something that is real, it is not reality in itself.

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