“Accused Child Abuser Arrested Again.” “…Children Fraudulently Adopted and Abused.” “Morgan Hill police investigate teacher for child abuse.” “National abuse scandals uncover truths about assaults at home.”
Did you know that more than 5 children die every day as a result of child abuse? Headline after headline tells the terrible tale of innocent children as victims of abuse. Defenseless creatures who have done nothing wrong, who are not justified in their punishment, terrorized by people two to three times their size; their parents no less.
Did you know that a report of child abuse is made every ten seconds? In the time it took you to read this essay, upwards of three reports of child abuse have been made.
Did you know that approximately 80% of children that die from abuse are under the age of 4? Baby after baby is brought into this world by no choice of their own. And yet they are faced with a life not fit for any living creature; a life not fit to even be deemed a “life.” This is not living, this is hardly surviving.
Did you know that child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education? Child abuse is not a blaming game; it is not a time to point fingers at a certain group, a certain region, for it crosses all known borders.
Now that you have all this information, all these shocking statistics, now what? What are you
going to do about it? Are you just going to be sad for a few minutes, maybe cry a little, but at the end of the day turn off your computer and shut yourself out from the world? Time doesn’t stop when you want it to; right this very minute hundreds, even thousands of tiny tikes are abused. Well now’s your chance to fight for what’s right. Sure, every person is aware of child abuse, but are they really aware
? Now’s the time to inform them and rally together to fight this monster. Many organizations exist for this sole purpose, one in particular being www.childhelp.org
, where all these statistics can be found. These organizations are just one way to begin your own personal crusade for abused children everywhere.
Although it only takes one person to start it, it takes everyone
to end it. So let’s put an end to these headlines. Let’s put an end to the vicious cycle of abuse. Let’s put an end to child suffering everywhere.