Bloggers Unite to Stop Abuse
Today is a historic day.
Today, Thursday, September 27th, hundreds of thousands of bloggers from around the world are joining together with a single message: Stop Abuse!
Here’s what the blogging community has been asked to do:
“On Thursday, September 27th, post about any abuse topic you care about – child abuse, domestic abuse, animal abuse, drug abuse, emotional abuse, verbal abuse, political abuse – and let the world know you stand united with thousands of bloggers as part of the Bloggers Unite “Blog Against Abuse” campaign. Depending on your topic, you can even link to local, regional, national, or international organizations that you care about or support. Every post will count!”
As a recent first-time father, the idea of doing something, anything, to help decrease child-abuse in our world appealed to me. I’ve spent the last several weeks reviewing organizations that are dedicated to this cause, and found many that deserved to be highlighted and applauded for their efforts.
I finally narrowed my choice down to one group that seemed to exemplify the ongoing battle against child abuse:
Childhelp USA Founded in 1959 by Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, Childhelp USA is one of the largest and oldest national nonprofit organizations dedicated to the prevention of child abuse, neglect, as well as to the treatment of its victims in the United States. Childhelp’s programs, which directly serve abused children and their families, focus on meeting the children’s physical, emotional, educational and spiritual needs. In 2005, O’Meara and Fedderson were both nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. From the Childhelp USA website:
The problem: Three million reports of child abuse are made every year in the United States.
Childhelp’s National Child Abuse Hotline (1-800-4-A-CHILD) is staffed 24 hours daily by professional crisis counselors, the Hotline is accessible throughout the U.S., its territories, and Canada. Through interpreters, communication is possible in 140 languages. The confidential and anonymous Hotline offers crisis intervention, information, literature, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources.
There are a number of ways you can support Childhelp in protecting our children. Direct donations, monthly sponsorship, vehicle donations, or you can also make a purchase from their gift catalog (I’m buying a backpack full of supplies.)
Here’s why I’m helping…
Who’s with me?
Till next time,