Monday, December 6, 2010

Help raise awareness towards child abuse

This past week everyone has been changing their profile's to cartoons on facebook to help raise awareness towards child abuse. Having worked in a battered women's shelter in Laguna Beach for many years in high school, I had the opportunity of seeing abused children first hand. It is not an easy thing to have to see and I feel it is so important to spread awareness of ways to help prevent it. Although I like the cartoon idea, I personally feel that spreading these facts can help spread awareness and really help children directly.

Here are my top ten ways to really stand-up and help fight the issue:

  1. If you are a teacher and notice there is a decline in a child’s performance in school. Abuse may affect all aspects of a child’s life,including their grades.
  2. If you notice a child's lack for hygiene. Neglected or abused may appear dirty or uncared for or have unsuitable clothing for the weather conditions.
  3. If you notice a child is begging for money from their friends
  4. If you see a huge drop in a child's attendance at school. Many children being abused will miss many days of school because of injuries
  5. Unexplained weight loss or signs that a child is not interested in eating
  6. If a child is a little too experienced with sexual information. (using explicit sexual language)
  7. If you see a child is having a fear of going home or to their caregiver
  8. Abuse can change children's behavior. They can sometimes start to feel withdrawn, isolated or begin top act-up
  9. Unexplainable injuries.
  10. Act on your suspicions. If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, trust your instincts. Suspected abuse is enough of a reason to make a report to the authorities. You do not need proof.
If you suspect a child is being abuse call 1-800-4-A-CHILD

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