We Need A Month Of Reminders…
“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats in most vulnerable members” – Gandhi
So what does it say about our society that each year we set aside a month to remind people not to abuse kids. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Yes, we’ve got a long way to go, Mahatma
Unfortunately physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and neglect are daily occurrences in the lives of so many children. In the U.S. in 2013, 679,000 children suffered some type of maltreatment. And that’s the reported ones.
Think of the your kids, the kids your family knows, the kids in your child’s school… How can we allow this to continue?
Need more convincing? The estimated annual minimum financial cost of child abuse is $124 Billion. You see, child abuse impacts lives forever in the form of a multitude of physical and mental health issues, increased interaction with law enforcement and the courts (not to mention prisons), child welfare and protection, as well as unemployment and underemployment services.
When you tack on the often devastating impact on relationships and quality of life, you see the definite need for action. Action like providing children and families with the knowledge and skills sets needed to make the best decisions possible, action like increasing access to programs that help parents learn how to be great parents and action like changing the focus from fear to empowerment.
This is what Child Rescue Network and many other agencies and organizations are striving to accomplish. Success is vital as the potential exists to literally change everything. Join our efforts.