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Why You Should Wear Blue Tomorrow, April 4th

Tomorrow is Wear Blue Day!

Wear blue tomorrow to support Child Abuse Prevention. Children without a voice, too young to defend themselves, need people like you to wear blue tomorrow. It’s simple, it’s subtle, but it means so much to kids that feel like nobody is on their side. The more people that follow through, the more recognized prevention efforts will be, and the more support we will get to stop child abuse nationwide. Child Abuse is so often looked over, whether it be in homes, foster care or social workers simply not following through with the work they’re meant to do to help…this day provides us with the opportunity to grow numbers representing our cause.

 

Do what you can for a child tomorrow, wear the color blue, or a blue ribbon, and if anybody asks share with them that it’s to support child abuse prevention, the kinds of abuse, and that not all abuse is seen with the naked eye. If you don’t feel comfortable with your knowledge of child abuse, look through our blog, and share your knowledge of our organization focusing on ending abuse and empowering survivors.

 

 

“You may never …

“You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result”

-Mahatma Gandhi

“Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.”

-Desiderius Erasmus

Breaking silence about abuse is difficult, but no positive change will come from holding it in. If it’s happened, it’s worth reporting, it’s worth your voice and story, and it’s worth the good that can come from your experiences by sharing them with others, potentially helping one or many strangers, and inspiring them to use their voice.

 

Shining light on your first steps to stopping your abuse can disintegrate pain, and the more people you help, the more the light will outshine the dark.

Child Abuse Cas…

Child Abuse Casts a shadow that lasts a lifetime.

-Herbert Ward

Traumatic experiences can often lead to negative outcomes, and when emotional pain is unbearable, it’s difficult to not give up on yourself and the beautiful life you deserve. There’s a way to come out positive, to remember what you deserve, and to prove everyone wrong that ever put you down. Disadvantaged youth from child abuse that remain positive are said to be Resiliant. Resilience is said to be caused from intelligence, positive influences, a big sense of humor, and the capability to be independent. Never let the odds being against you make you give up, prove yourself and the World wrong and there’s no measure in what a disadvantaged youth can become. It’s incredible to survive a life with so much struggle, and flourish in the difficulty.

***Research from childwelfare.gov

What Is Abuse?

When a group stands behind a cause, most of the information shared is what the organization does and statistics that support why it’s important. Being well-informed has a positive impact when trying to expand the support of your organization, but one thing missing, is there aren’t typically extravagant details about what is actually considered abuse.

 

This may seem obvious, which I admittedly thought at first, then when I looked into the laws covering abuse, physical abuse was only one part, and since there have been many cases on whether a parents actions fall under abuse, we could all use a little insight into how many actions we might pass as okay, but mean are illegal in actuality. 

 

Physical abuse:

Includes any form of physical harm, hitting, pushing slapping, burn, throwing objects, throwing the child, shaking, etc. Physical abuse can seem self explanatory, but it’s good to question everything, knowledge is power, and helpful coinciding with a sensitive, gruesome position endured by a youth.

 

Sexual abuse:

Any form of fondling or invasion of body privacy and exploitation of the child to perform sexual acts, as well as forcing them to watch any type of sexual act. This can also be done entirely online, from pictures to how a person speaks to the child.

 

Emotional Child Abuse:

This is categorized as putting the child down, making them feel bad about themselves, insulting them and their worth, extreme punishments, and any psychological maltreatment.

 

Neglect:

Ignoring a child, not giving attention to medical needs, not providing shelter or food, not showing or expressing the love and support to a child, failure to provide education, and lack of hygiene.

 

All of these can have long lasting affects on a child, from behavior issues to drug use and criminal acts. Children can develop psychiatric disorders like depression and anxiety that never goes away. It’s important to know the types of abuse, because there’s so much pain caused by such actions.

*Information summed up from Healthyplace.com