Child abuse appears to be a widespread, global evil that lacks urgent solutions. Somehow, it seems as if children are unsafe at home, at play, at church, at school, among family members and the wider society. Countless incidents are reported on a global scale about varying degrees of child abuse, whether it’s in the form of incest, mutilation, trafficking or routine beatings, verbal, emotional and psychological abuse.
A baby is born innocent and defenseless. That baby grows and thrives based on the love, care, protection and nurturing that he or she experiences. That baby enters childhood and all the other phases of growth, shaped by the environment that he or she sees as the norm. When a parent abuses a child, trust is eroded and the child’s ability to feel safe is damaged. This feeling is amplified when the child experiences abuse in other settings that is perceived as being safe such as church, daycare center, school and social settings.
Protecting our children in every setting needs to be treated as a global, community effort. For too long children have suffered with very little recourse. They have been failed by; the parents, family, social service institutions and society as a whole. We are all complicit if we fail to act urgently to ensure that every child we encounter is safe–OnPointPress.net–