Julie Federico



Child Abuse Awareness Month Continued

April was Child Abuse Awareness Month. I do not think one is enough to raise awareness of child abuse that is why I am submitting this article in May. I think it is wonderful that April is set aside to bring awareness to this problem. I also have to wonder how it feels to be an abused child in a household filled with control and abuse? I imagine it feels awful lonely and as time goes on and no one rescues you the hopelessness that sets in must be suffocating. Abused children, I am sure wish every month was Child Abuse Awareness Month. I work to train parents on how to keep their kids safe from child abuse. I also teach young children how to speak up and get help when they are in abusive situations. It definitely takes a village to intervene with this problem. I am ending childhood sexual abuse one book at a time but this not fast enough for those living with abuse daily. It is not fast enough for the five children every day who die from abuse. #fiveisenough. 1,825 children a year die from child abuse. This is staggering to my mind and soul. I feel as if I am holding life preserves with my landmark body safety book Some Parts are NOT for Sharing/Algunas Partes NO Son para Compartir. But just because I hold the life preservers that doesn’t mean I can save everyone. But five children a day, every day still perish usually at the hands of their parents from abuse. More needs to be done. More public service announcements, billboards, commercials, and education. I am a huge supporter of Erin’s Law, which is moving, across our country 37 states have supported the law. The purpose of the law is to train all school-age children on child abuse prevention. There are some lawmakers who oppose this bill; they are not doing my cause any favors. But on the positive side, many states have adopted the law and are making a difference in the lives of children. Education is the best method for preventing child abuse. An ounce of prevention can change a child’s life. Would you like to change a child’s life today? If so you can:

Share this information: Children are suffering from a hidden epidemic of child abuse and neglect. Every year 3.3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States involving nearly 6 million children (a report can include multiple children). The United States has the worst record in the industrialized nation – losing five

A. Call your neighborhood elementary school, or daycare and ask if you can come in and read Some Parts are NOT for Sharing to a class.
B. Contact your local PBS station and ask if they would be interested in airing a child abuse prevention public service announcement.
C. Share this link then order from this site when you need birthday presents, baby shower gifts. Books offered at 30% off retail.
D. Ask your local library to add the book to their collection.

If everyone puts forth some effort these efforts will multiply and benefit our children. Let’s work to make the five a day child abuse deaths a thing of the past. You can make a difference today.

Julie Federico
Children’s Services Author

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