I have a dream that I will wake up one day and there will not be a story about a child being abused…..
I don’t know if this can happen in my lifetime. But I know that in my life’s work teaching children they have the RIGHT to be safe, their bodies belong only to them and how to access help is just one of the ways I want my dream to come true.
Parenting seminars and teacher workshops to educate parents that we can no longer be complacent in our children’s safety is one of the direct ways to make change. What does that mean? It means that we need to supervise our children when they are outside playing, at school, on the computer, on their cell phones and watching TV. We have to actively teach our children skills to be able to raise safe and savvy kids in this day and age. This is not to say we have to helicopter our children – but we must remain on the same runway!!
Why? Because the child predators who are getting bolder each day, are smart, savvy and way too manipulative for our kids to handle. Child molesters seek jobs and often volunteer in child related programs. They groom your children…they groom you and you don’t even know it. If you can’t spot it how can your children? Remember all those old sayings our parents and grandparents use to say to us but we never took note of – take note now. “If it seems too good to be true it probably is.” An oldie but a goodie. “Trust your instincts, they are rarely wrong.” This one is hard as we want to believe the good in people and we are also so busy we rarely take the time to sit and let ourselves feel our instincts. But we need to start now, because 7 years ago when we started KidSafe I used to read maybe two stories a day of child abuse…today I am reading too many to even count. Yes child abuse has always existed! But it is worse now on so many levels.
Prevention education is the key and KidSafe Foundation is on a mission to break the cycle of silence about child abuse and educate as many children and adults as we can. As our grandparents use to say “It takes a village.” Well it does take a village to keep our children safe. It takes parents, teachers and children working together, raising awareness, understanding and pursuing the rights of children, speaking up if you see something, feel something or your gut tells you something. We must always air on the side of protecting children! Why…because there is a child out there who does not have a voice! Who does not know who to tell! Who is scared, ashamed, sad, nervous and whose world is falling apart. Give her a voice. Give him a voice and maybe just maybe – My dream can come true…a world in which children have found their voice and know they have the right to be safe. For more information about KidSafe and our programs for children and adults www.kidsafefoundation.org