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Raise Your Voice for Every Child
We dedicate the next thirty days of National Child Abuse Prevention Month to every child who has walked through our doors this year, and last year, and the previous fifty years. The stories are painfully similar: children come to us having suffered neglect and abuse that would wither an adult. Their sense of agency and voice has been beaten out. “Our children” haven’t been able to control the world that caused them so much harm; they are whisked away into safety without knowing what is next or who will care for them. Our job – our mission – is to provide them a safe place to land, a shelter for healing and an environment where they can find their own voice. It is also our responsibility to serve as their voice and help stop abuse before it begins.
The number of children suffering can be overwhelming but you and I, and all of our friends and colleagues - all adults - can pledge to make a collaborative effort to END these repetitive stories of abuse and neglect.
We can promise ourselves, and the children in our lives, that we refuse to ignore the cues and signs of abuse.
We can commit to help support parents who are struggling, rather than turn away.
We can pledge to take action, rather than stay silent.
We can all agree child abuse must be stopped. And we know that child abuse is preventable, but yet it continues. In the economic turmoil, abuse of minors is only increasing in number and severity. This is why we must ALL use every platform available to educate, support and nurture families. National Child Abuse Prevention Month provides an easy launching pad for conversations with the people in your life about a topic that can be difficult to bring up. Each day offers another opportunity to initiate conversation by sharing the message on social media.Together, your Facebook and Twitter posts can distribute information and resources to hundreds of thousands of people -- ideally, ALL of Missouri will hear our call to end the epidemic of abuse. Think of all the children you could potentially help by just sharing an article or resource.
Together, we can multiply our voices and speak loud enough for every child who has ever needed our help.
To get help or report abuse in the US or Canada, call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453).