April is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Do you remember the ad slogan from “Smoky the Bear” from back in the 1960’s – 1970’s?

“ONLY YOU CAN PREVENT FOREST FIRES!”

     I was reminded of this ad when I was on-line recently and saw an article about Child Abuse.  April is designated as the month to remind us all not only of these insidious problems but that we can report and prevent them.

     I wrote about child abuse last year. Since then, there have been many more horrific instances of the “problem” perpetuated by parents, family members, teachers, coaches and what I call sick and perverted individuals.

     I am sure that the cases reported in my state sadly are reminiscent of yours – children left in hot cars in the summer, children left alone on winter streets, sexually abused children and teenagers – the list goes on and on. However, the instances of reporting are up and the abusers are being caught and prosecuted. The most notable case concerns the Grandmother and Step-Mother of a girl named Savannah Hardin.

     By all accounts, Savannah was a happy, well-liked 9-year old girl Somehow she managed to separate her horrible family life from her school/social life. Her parents were divorced and her father was a contractor for a government agency serving overseas. Savannah lived with her Grand-Mother and Step-Mother. Her Grandmother was described by the Prosecutor as the “Drill Sergeant from Hell.”

    Savannah’s “crime” was eating a  chocolate candy bar Her punishment, netted out by “Attila the Hun” (my description), was to run around her house for over 3 hours in the hot Georgia sun. Despite the child’s cries, begging to stop,and vomiting, Joyce Garrand Hardin slapped and screamed at Savannah. Her Step-Mother did nothing to stop the punishment. Finally Savannah fell unconscious and neighbors called the police and an ambulance.

    After her death, both women were charged and jailed. On  March 20, 2015 (almost 3 years after Savannah’s death), the Grandmother was convicted to life imprisonment without parole. The Step-Mother’s trial begins soon.

     These and many other instances break my heart. We  have a beautiful, healthy, happy Grand-daughter. I cannot fathom how anyone could hurt a child. What brings me hope is that more and more people are speaking up and getting involved. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities all across the nation are encouraged to share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies and activities.

YOU CAN PREVENT ANOTHER CASE OF CHILD ABUSE IN YOUR TOWN!

     Here are a few suggestions  from G

  •       Ask stores to put up posters
  •       Ask your town’s officials for their public support.
  •      Ask the Superintendent of Schools to get  involved.
  •      Promote the placing of the national symbols of blue pinwheels in your town. Ours are strategically placed in front of our town hall. In the 3 years, that we have been doing it not ONE has been stolen.
  •       Wear blue whenever possible during the month of April but especially on April 11th.
  •      Invite town and state social services to tape a local TV spot  or forum.
  •      Ask your Library Director to display books about child abuse.
  •      Be a friend to a parent you know. Ask how their children are. If they seem to be struggling, offer to baby-sit or run errands.
  •       Be a friend to a child you  know. Ask about their school/sports activities.
  •       Talk to your neighbors about watching out for one another’s children.
  •        Volunteer your time and  money for programs in your community that  support children and families.
  •          Finally locate and  keep phone numbers to  report.

If you need more information, you can email me or contact your state department of social services.

Sallie

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National Child Abuse Awareness Month

Dear Fellow Journalers,

April is National Child Abuse Awareness Month.

 

April is the month set aside to remind us all of the horrible and devastating effects of child abuse.

Few of us realize the terrible long-term effects that child abuse has. While we may be appalled when we see or hear about an act of child abuse on TV or in the newspaper, few realize that the act of abuse is only the beginning.

Did you know for instance that a whopping 88% of all psychopathic criminals have child abuse at the core of their problems? Non Abused children grow up with a view of the world that includes a healthy outlook that includes morals, social adjustment, and a belief that you must do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Abused children have this healthy outlook destroyed when they are either mentally, physically, or sexually abused. They look at the world as a place of punishment, and come to feel that it is “normal” for them to punish others in the same manner.

The only way to end this terrible cycle is for us to report child abuse wherever and whenever we see, or even suspect it. Only by removing a child from the hell of child abuse as quickly and early as possible can we help ensure that the child will receive treatment to counteract the long-term effects of the abuse they have suffered.

Please help insure a healthy, happy, well-adjusted childhood for ALL children. In so doing, YOU are also insuring a bright future for America itself, free from the devastating effects that we know child abuse causes.

END CHILD ABUSE TODAY! REPORT IT NOW! END THE SENSELESS DESTRUCTION OF HUMAN LIFE IT CAUSES! IT’S UP TO US ALL

For those of you who would like more information such as what to do if approached by a child who says they are being abused, things you should/shouldn’t do, or who to contact in your town/city please email me for further information at uniquelyyourscraftjournal@outlook.com

~Sallie

 

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