Most likely many of you were not aware that this month is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. For some children, every month impacts their lives as a result of continuing abuse.
What makes up child abuse?
Child abuse is when a parent or caregiver, whether through action or failing to act, causes injury, death, emotional harm or risk of serious harm to a child. There are many forms of child maltreatment, including neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation, and emotional abuse. From website of Childhelp
Each day someone abuses some of the children in our country. For these children, every day, week or month brings abuse of some kind. We dedicate one month each year to prevention of these horrific acts. Unless we take a more definitive stand and become involved, nothing will change for these children.
Growing up in a home where one parent chose abuse as a method of control, I feel strongly about abuses against children, women, and the elderly. Abuse is not an acceptable solution to any situation.
Those of us with time and/or money can find ways in our communities to help those suffering from a variety of abuses. Among the possibilities are donating to a center or organization committed to preventing such abuses. Perhaps volunteering at a facility housing and supporting abused children. What about lending a hand in performing administrative tasks? There is always something for someone to do at such organizations.
Please take a moment to consider what you can do in your community to protect the next victim of child abuse.
Growing up did you know anyone who suffered abuse as a child? At your school, in your family, or in the community where you lived? Were you ever the victim of child abuse? If you are comfortable, perhaps you’ll share with us in the comments section below.
Sherrey, thank you for calling attention to such a worthy cause. I have no doubt your memoir will further the cause of child abuse awareness and prevention. Awareness is the first step. Best wishes as you move forward. Your memoir has become your mission!
Ah, Kathy! There are days when I wonder will this memoir be the end of me, and I know you can appreciate that. Revising and editing some so I can submit to a contest for a ms eval by the end of this month. Why does it seem to take forever to write a book that isn’t going to be that long? It is so good to see you here, and I’ve missed you too. It’s going to be interesting to read what we’ve all experienced in our social media Lenten break. Can’t wait to read yours on Monday.
Wonderful information here Sherrey. I try to talk to parent’s whenever the opportunity arises, about how much their little ones take in and take with them for the rest of their lives. As you know, my childhood has similar demons to yours (emotional abuse), and so we write and hope our words will resonate. 🙂
Debby, I knew you would be a mover and shaker where children and abuse were concerned. Thanks for talking with parents when the opportunity arises.
I think it’s in our nature Sherrey, especially since we write about these things. There are still many out there who aren’t able to acknowledge or talk about their childhoods. We are the messengers. 🙂
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