When I started working at the center in December 2005, I never dreamed I’d see so much child abuse. I had no idea that child abuse happens every day in West Tennessee, even in the smallest of communities.
I never dreamed I’d see a little boy with a broken collarbone at the hands of his father or a teenager with scars from his father’s belt, scars so shocking that he hides them from his peers in gym class.
I never dreamed I’d see a little girl who has been victimized by so many of her mother’s boyfriends that law enforcement removed her from the home.
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By the time you finish reading this, 15 children will have been abused; In the next five minutes, 30 more; Within the next hour, 360 more; And by tonight, close to 8,000+ children will have suffered from abuse, 5 of which will die. Child abuse has increased 134% since 1980 and is now considered a worldwide epidemic. The high jump in child abuse deaths and the shocking increase in statistics highlights the frightening lack of public knowledge.
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It May Just Save a Child's Life!!