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Empowering Child Abuse Survivors and Promoting Awareness

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Child Abuse Prevention Month

Many of you know, simply because you follow organizations working to end child abuse, and because you’re advocates yourself, that April is Child Abuse Awareness Month. April kind of snuck up on me, so I’m a little behind advocating as much as I should for this incredible month. What dawned on me while watching T.V. is that while social media and television advocates many important organizations, I have yet to see one advertisement bringing people together to end abuse. On social media I do, more often than not, but that’s because like you, the organizations I follow are designated toward ending abuse.

While working together to make a difference is important, imagine all of the voices we could reach is the cause was trending for this month? Coming together we can find solutions for simple acts that will be easy to repeat. Wearing blue is so simple, yet only current advocates do it, and why is that? Because the World outside of advocates and philanthropists for child abuse awareness don’t have the knowledge of fun ideas or easy actions they can take to promote awareness.

This month is nationally claimed as child abuse awareness month so lets use the better half of this month to educate anyone willing to try to do their part in ending abuse. Encourage them to wear blue, make a simple blue ribbon pin, blog or post on instagram, twitter, or facebook using the hashtag #ChildAbusePreventionMonth and #WearBlueForChildAbuse . With these simple methods, we can realize the true beauty of social media, and all of the positive outlets it has to offer to bring the world together for a cause.

Create a social media event of your own, and include us. Be creative and do what you can to prevent abuse. For more information and tips please visit https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/preventionmonth

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Change Is Always Possible

While we can’t change events that happened to us in our childhood, that doesn’t mean we can’t prevent it from happening in the fist place. This doesn’t mean we cannot get Justice for how we were treated. If you were abused, and never spoke up about it, that doesn’t make you any less of a person…that doesn’t make you anything that might cross through your mind as you live in regret. While we can’t erase or change the past we can report the crimes done to us, and show others to do the same for themselves. Be the person that you needed when you were a child, scared and alone. Be the person that would make you want to free yourself from the pain that others bring to you. Remember, always, that you’ve done nothing wrong…and that speaking up is very difficult. Keep in mind that others may have had different advantages than you’ve been given. Don’t knock yourself down for something you haven’t done yet, make it happen today.

 

It’s hard to not dwell on things we might’ve been able to done but even knowing that…we need to be able to realize that as a child, we shouldn’t have had to worry about these things. Reward your past, current, and future self by speaking up about what had happened to you and inspire other generations to realize they can do the same for themselves, they can help themselves when nobody else would, because they’re never truly alone. There’s always people to share stories, pain, and a past with; that you can relate to, and that will make you feel at home, but the only way you’ll find these people is by talking about. You will feel liberated when your’e honest with yourself and the world and there’s no greater gift than inspiring positive change in others lives.

The best philan…

The best philanthropy is constantly in search of the finalities—a search for a cause, an attempt to cure evils at their source.

-John D. Rockefeller

April is Child Abuse Awareness month. Most people that aren’t fighting for this cause don’t know how huge this epidemic actually is. Everybody is busy. Everybody is a student/paraprofessional/athlete/philanthropist, nobody has a bunch of extra free time anymore….but to help a cause so great as making children feel safe with the people that are supposed to love and nurture them is beautiful beyond measure, and takes so little time to at least start.

 

Spread Awareness: Share No Long Silenced Movements blog, or current statistics.

Fund-raise: Buy a box of pinwheels from prevent child abuse america, participate in a walk, donate money to Nolo, there are endless ways to produce funds.

Become More Involved: Educate yourself, volunteer at a nearby organization such as a CASA chapter, and make a difference in a survivors life.

 

There are many ways to help, and everyone is capable of them. There is nothing greater than doing good for a child that will change your life simply by being around you. You can help.

Difference Makers Idea Challenge & Kicking Out Child Abuse

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Months ago, the idea of a 1 day soccer tournament to benefit child abuse awareness and empower survivors came into play. A sport gives a child a fun activity to be passionate about, even  when they feel alone, and their loved ones are against them. Soccer is simple because it requires little equipment to practice, great for a child who needs a hobby that they can even do alone if they have to, practice kicks against the wall, or foot skills in their living room, it’s the most universal sport.

At a college in Massachusetts, we’re pitching our idea in the Difference Makers Idea Challenge for current students and alumni. The Difference Makers Idea challenge consisting of educational workshops, help a team with an innovative idea to plan, organize, and find resources for their solution; A challenge that can help others make a positive change in the world.

Tomorrow is our last workshop, with a team meeting to follow, we’re about halfway through the program and challenge, and have a long road ahead, but we’re excited to share some of our projects with you.