Child abuse or mistreatment wears many faces.
At times it is deliberate, such as trafficking. It can be brutal as adults lash out both physically and emotionally. Many don't mean to abuse a child, but it can happen indirectly, e.g., buying products produced with child labor. Much of it is learned "from the traditions of the fathers."
Child abuse or child maltreatment is physical, sexual, or psychological maltreatment or neglect of a child or children. Choices we make, things we do, can contribute to the abuse of a child somewhere in the world.
Every day thousands of children are victims of emotional and physical abuse, slave sex trafficking or human trafficking, malnutrition, and even death by deliberate decisions by a parent. Yet we continue the rhetoric that our children are our future, that the future of our country, even mankind, is dependent upon them. This is a huge disconnect!
Learning about children being abused and mistreated is a very depressing subject. No one wants to hear about children being beaten, or molested, or dying from starvation, or lack of medicine. No one wants to hear of children being exploited by adults as slaves in fields and factories, as soldiers, or in pornography studios or worse. No one wants to hear of mothers killing their infants or aborting their child because it is the “wrong” sex, or has health issues, or they just don’t want to be a mother. All of this is happening, every day, and it’s not just is foreign lands. Much of it happens here in the United States as well. It's time to start putting children's welfare ahead of our own.
This website has two purposes. First, to make it convenient to educate yourself about child abuse. Second, to invite you to act; to do something that will prevent a child/children from being abused by giving you ideas of what you can personally do.
Under the “Learn” tab is information about the most common forms of child abuse with links to additional information and organizations that focus on that specific form of abuse.
Under the “Act” tab is a list, by type of child abuse, of how you can do something to prevent additional child abuse. It includes links to organizations with ideas of how you can participate in eliminating child abuse. My hope is that you will invest not only money to a worthy organization, but that you will invest a little of yourself in our children.
I would love to hear what you’ve done, and if you have additional ideas of how others might take action. Email me at: Larry@Shieldthechildren.com
IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING
National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-422-4453
Find out about the many ways children are abused and maltreated. At times through ignorance, but often, intentionally.