April introduces springtime cheer. Good weather, flowers, and sunshine come into being as pinwheels begin to dot the yards and gardens of neighboring homes. These colorful, spinning children’s toys not only represent spring’s approach, but are a symbol of Child Abuse Awareness.
According to childhelp.org, there is a report of child abuse made every 10 seconds. This means that children are suffering and in need of interventions at alarming rates, but there is hope. There are ways that we as a community can help.
Childhelp.org also reports that the United States loses, on average, between four and seven children a day because of child abuse and neglect, which is one of the worst records among industrialized nations.
It is important to see, hear, and believe children. If we truly hope to make an impact and provide safety to them, we need to put in the effort to recognize and report abuse. It is time to act and be the voice that speaks out. Your efforts to report abuse can save a child’s life.
To make a report, contact the Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-252-2873. If you would like more information, or need assistance with making the report of child abuse, the YWCA would be more than happy to assist. You can call our 24-hour hotline at 815-626-7277 or 815-288-1011 to speak with an advocate.
Let us take a stand and speak for those who need us. It is a priority at the YWCA to advocate for victims of abuse of all ages. We also provide counseling services to victims of child abuse. Children are the future. Let’s give them a chance to make one; take a stand.
Note to readers: Brook Wade is a child caseworker at YWCA of the Sauk Valley.