Pretty serious when 20,000+ children age out (turn 18-happy birthday) of the system every year. Over 400,000 enter the system every year THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN!!!
“Trauma is a lifetime thing—you don’t just ‘get over it,’” she says. “And we’re not statistics, not just anger and grief. We’re authentic beings.”
EVERY child has a right;
To be tucked in bed every night.
To go to bed without fearing what the next day will bring.
To be happy.
To be loved.
To be kept warm.
To be held when they cry.
To know that THEIR voice will be heard.
To feel that nothing can ever happen that can’t be fixed be some one who cares.
To never cower.
Or have their innocence punched or kicked
or screamed away.
To be a CHILD.
To have a childhood.
EVERY child deserves these FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS!!!!
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month..
There are many ways to get involved in your community!!
Please read. Know. Protect your children. Talk to them…even if this subject makes your skin crawl (understandably), but SO necessary.
Be proactive. Know the signs….always believe a child if they disclose ANY abuse!!
Myth: If a child is sexually abused, she or he will immediately come and tell.
Myth: Children disclose immediately after the abuse and provide a detailed account of what has occurred.
Myth: Children are more likely to disclose if directly questioned by their parent or an adult authority figure who can help.
Myth: Disclosure is always a one-time event.
FACT: Disclosure of sexual abuse is often delayed; children often avoid telling because they are either afraid of a negative reaction from their parents or of being harmed by the abuser. As such, they often delay disclosure until adulthood.
ALL CHILDREN ARE WORTHY OF THE EMBRACE OF A SAFE, LOVING AND PERMANENT HOME. Every. Single. One.