Where's the Risk? Shark Week vs. Child Protection
Friday July 10, 2015 - To mark the end of Shark Week, we’d like to put some stats into perspective for you all. Did you know that there is a 1 in 11.5 million chance of being bitten by a shark? Or that you have a 1 in 3,000 chance of being struck by lightning during your lifetime? But did you know that 1 in 4 girls and 1 out of 7 boys will be abused before they are 18?
The difference between a lighting strike and child abuse is that there is so much we can do to protect our kids!
Child abuse doesn’t grab the public attention like Shark Week but child abuse can be just as harmful. The more Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) a child has like child abuse, the greater their risk is to develop heart and lung cancer, depression, drug abuse as adults and, when compared to children without any ACEs, they can cut a child’s life expectancy by 20 years. Dr. Robert Block, the former President of the American Academy of Pediatrics, described these child events as, "the single greatest unaddressed public health threat facing our nation today.”
The good news is we know how to protect kids from being hurt. Childhood USA and its partners around the world are making sure that children, parents and guardians are able to stop abuse before it happens but also ensure that those that have been affected get the treatment that they deserve. That’s why we support projects like Chances for Children in Bronx, NY which work with parents and their children to develop healthy, positive relationships.
“The single most important thing that we need today, said Dr. Nadine Burke Harris on the subject of child protection, “is the courage to look this problem in the face and say, this is real this is [about] all of is. I believe that we are the movement.”
Join our movement and help children in your community and around the world. You can easily support Childhood USA by dedicating a free song on www.ThankYou.org to your friends, family, and mentors who helped you as a child. Each song unlocks $5 from the Carlson Family Foundation. Or you can get your own Childhood Bracelet to show your support for children and the work that we do!
Text By: Thomas Brande
PC: Donnie Ray Jones, Sarah Horrigan via Flickr