I have been an advocate for children, provided workshops on child abuse, and taught parenting classes longer than I have been a parent. I was qualified to provide these services because of my education and training. However, becoming a parent has not changed my opinions of child abuse.
I usually do not discuss my experiences as a mother when I write about child abuse, but I decided to do so this month as I ask everyone to remember that April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. I know well the joys and the stress of parenthood. I am proud to say that I understand overflowing diapers, leaky bras, and car seats full of vomit. Yes, I know the ups and downs of parenthood and my opinion has not changed. There is no excuse for child abuse.
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.
Educate Yourself -- Learn the Facts
It May Just Save a Child's Life!!