Children’s safety is a global priority

When children are raised in safe environments they develop into more well-adjusted adults.

When children are raised in safe environments they develop into more well-adjusted adults.

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.

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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.

The safety of every child should be the priority of every individual.

The safety of every child should be the priority of every individual.

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––

Who will speak up for the children who were abused by NFL stars?

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he disappointed many people but declined to acknowledge children, who were victimized by high profile NFL stars.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he disappointed many people, including himself but declined to acknowledge children, who were victimized by high- profile NFL stars.

On Friday, September 19, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell emerged from his self-imposed, 10-day, hideout from the public, sponsors, NFL team owners, players and members of the media to preside over a press conference that was long on vagueness and short on concrete solutions.While Goodell issued several mea culpas, he failed to apologize to the victims, particularly the children, who have been, and continue to be, damaged by the violent actions of NFL stars.

Goodell spoke about how “sorry’ he was  for the incidents of domestic and child abuse that have cast a pall over the game. He spoke about the valuable advice he expects to receive from his recently assembled domestic violence panel. Yet, while the NFL appointed an all-white panel of females to address the scourge of domestic violence, the league has been noticeably silent about the issue of child abuse. This needs to be changed without further delay.

Victims of child abuse.

Victims of child abuse, cling to each other for strength and support.

When children witness domestic violence incidents by their parents or endure severe acts of corporal punishment such as what Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson administered to his four-year old son, the emotional scars last a lifetime. Experiencing a dysfunctional household exposes vulnerable children to potential lifetimes of harm, inability to establish trust and challenges with establishing appropriate boundaries.

Goodell has a responsibility to work hard at eliminating such awful conduct by his players so that women and children can be protected. Children, who are defenseless, deserve even greater protection. Goodell’s failure to outline clearcut measures to rid his league of abusive and violent conduct exhibited by his players, is beyond troubling. It’s a disgrace.


It is often said that “It takes  a village to raise a child.” Where is the village now in calling on the NFL to implement policies to protect children? Where is the panel of experts that the NFL has put together to address child abuse? Why is it that at each press conference announcing that various players are being benched or placed on the “commissioner’s exempt list” no information is given about what is being done to focus on the abused children?

Has the NFL forgotten the abuse that Jerry Sandusky unleashed on innocent children at Penn State University because too many adults remained silent? It is time for Goodell to come out and publicly address the specific measures he plans to implement to keep children safe. Also, it is time for the public to be aggressive in demonstrating interest in the well-being of all children, not only those whose fathers play in the NFL–


Protecting children with “Push Across Memphis: A Fragile Child’s Cry” Campaign

Memphis, Tennessee: September 10, 2013: Child advocates in Memphis, Tennessee are working diligently to prevent further incidents of child abuse with the ambitious “Push Across Memphis” campaign as part of their overall theme, “A Fragile Child’s Cry.” The campaign will culminate in a 22-mile walk on October 12, 2013.

According to organizers Terry Boykins, executive of business affairs for Street Positive and H. L. Stampley, author and child advocate, action is needed urgently. The duo cites statistics from the U.S General Accounting Office (GAO), which spent $124 billion annually on child abuse. The data seems daunting. According to the report, more than five children per day die as a direct result of child abuse; 80% of children who die from child abuse are under four years old and ninety percent of children sexually abused know their perpetrators.

In an effort to end the scourge of child abuse, the duo is implementing a nationwide community and social media awareness campaign focused on child abuse prevention and early intervention. The drive consists of increasing both media exposure and distribution of literature within affected communities. The material distributed address sexual and physical abuse, sex trafficking, mental health and anger management issues. The effort also aims to increase awareness of shaking baby syndrome in order to end the occurrence.

The “Push Across Memphis: A Fragile Child’s Cry” initiative consists of 22 four-member teams, each walking one mile from North Memphis to Germantown. Team members will decide if they will walk to represent their organizations while holding banners, wearing t-shirts of showcasing other promotional props.

A $15 minimum pledge is suggested for the “Push Across Memphis: A Fragile Child’s Cry” initiative, with proceeds benefiting child abuse prevention and intervention programs.

For more information, Contact: Terry Boykins, executive of business affairs, Street Positive at or H. L. Stampley, author and child advocate via email:–OnPointPress.Net.