Finding the Light through Hope 

Teen holding hope stone in hands“I have to find some goodness in my life. I survive knowing that there is goodness and hope in people, it would be too hard to survive and thrive if there was not even a glimmer of something good in a situation.”

These words were shared with me by one of the youth in our care who was victimized early in life.

Research shows that 95 percent of sexual abuse is preventable through education. We also know that 90 percent of children who are victims of sexual abuse are abused by someone they know and trust.

Educating adults and children on preventing abuse is no small undertaking. Child sexual abuse prevention efforts have struggled for decades to be seen and have often been underfunded, but we must have a strategy of providing both children and adults the education that will prevent, recognize, and respond quickly to abuse and other types of victimization.

The good news is we are seeing more organizations coming forward to provide trainings for example, the Monique Burr Foundation focus on five types of child abuse (physical, emotional, sexual, neglect and exploitation.). In North Carolina, we have supporting organizations such as Safe Alliance, Prevent Child Abuse of North Carolina and Child Advocacy Centers (Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina will be opening a Child Advocacy Center in Whiteville this year) and the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse.

What can you do to prevent Child Abuse?

  • Get involved with our community on prevention efforts.
  • Protect your children.
  • Report all suspected child abuse.
  • Stay educated on the current facts regarding child abuse.
  • Teach others about child abuse prevention.

If you would like to bring training to your organization or community, visit http://www.D21.org.

David Passmore is the Vice President for Residential Services at Boys and Girls Homes of NC.

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