This month is especially important to us at IACD. President Obama recently declared April the National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
To me, no recognition is more important. Here’s why…
- People don’t understand how many kids are abused and neglected each day.
Growing up, I didn’t have any personal experiences of adults deliberately hurting children. Maybe we didn’t have a problem in my tiny midwest town. Perhaps I just wasn’t aware of it. Whatever the case, child abuse wasn’t in my cognitive awareness at the time. I didn’t realize that children are abused every day across the country.
After college, I worked at a residential treatment center for abused and neglected children. I still remember how I felt the first time I read the family histories of the children there. I felt angry. Heartbroken. How could people do such horrible things to children?
- Little people who are abused become big people who abuse kids.
When I began in this field, I didn’t completely understand the legacy of child abuse. For every child who is abused, future children are also in danger. The moment I grasped this concept, my career truly began.
- Perhaps you can save a child in your neighborhood or local school.
You and I can become the voice for a little person who is abused. When you know that a child is in danger, do not turn your head. Kids who are abused often grow into adults who abuse more children. They grow to believe that they aren’t worthy of love. Imagine how their feelings about themselves translate to how they treat their own children.
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You can help to end the cycle—starting now.