April is Child Abuse Awareness Month. Yet, this is a topic that needs much more attention than just one month of press. Since the virus has raged throughout the country reporting of child abuse cases has plummeted. While at the same time actual cases of child abuse are skyrocketing. Mandatory reporters have vanished from children’s lives, there is no one to help except the parent who may be the abuser. Children are in such a desperate state and they are for the most part alone.
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 anger? 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 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 everyday who die from abuse. #fiveisenough. 1,738 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. To order your copy of this life saving book visit: www.juliefederico.com
In hopes to educate children, my efforts are working. But five children a day, every day still die usually at the hands of their parents from abuse. More needs to be done. More public service announcements, billboards, commercials, and more prevention education. I am a huge supporter of Erin’s Law, which is moving, across our country state by state. 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 children any favors. But on the positive side, many states have already picked up 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? There is no greater gift a parent can give than the gift of safety. If you want to help here are some easy ways:
- Share this link : www.juliefederico.com
- Talk with own children about body safety give them permission to tell you if something has happened or is happening to them.
- Contact your local PBS station and ask if they would be interested in airing a child abuse prevention public service announcement. This is the announcement: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=589839068581920
- 4. Ask your preschool or church to have training on child abuse prevention.
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.