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Friday, April 5, 2013
Children should be seen, heard, and believed
The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its
children. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
What are we doing for our
Our children are suffering
from a hidden epidemic of child abuse and neglect.
Each day in
America more than five children die as a result of abuse or neglect.On average, a child abuse report is made
every 10 seconds for a total of approximately 3.3 million child abuse reports
This is not something we
like to think about, but we need to.
Children should be seen, heard, and believed…
Children should be seen…
How many of
us have said “It is none of my business” well if we want to protect children we
need to make it our business.
If you suspect abuse of a
child, but the child has not disclosed to you, call 1-800-4-A-CHILD. Counselors
from Childhelp are available 24/7 to talk through the situation with you and
help decide what the best course of action is.
should be heard…
Sayings like “We don’t air
our dirty laundry in public”, “What happens in this family stays in this
family”, or “Who would believe you” keep children silent about their abuse. Silence perpetuates the cycle of abuse.
If you are a parent,
grandparent, aunt or uncle help the children you care about develop positive
Talk with them.
Listen to them and believe
what they say.
Interact with them. You
will be more aware of any changes in the child’s behavior or attitude and be
able to inquire about it.
should be believed…
simple…believe a child
Child abuse occurs at
every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all
religious and at all levels of education.
April is Child Abuse
month many activities are planned to bring awareness to our community that
child abuse happens here and what we can do to help children. These events will
be publicized through our local media. Become involved and take a pro-active
stance about child abuse.