Speaking Up

No child should ever have to fear going home, making a mistake, or worry about what will happen to them if they simply “get in the way.” The reality of it is, child abuse happens more often than we think. Many have been victims of physical, mental, or emotional abuse that they carry with them for the rest of their lives. Abuse has a lasting impact that many survivors of abuse can never shake. In fact, according to childhelp.org, 80% of all victims of child abuse suffer from at least 1 psychological disorder. Psychological and emotional disorders affect the way we think, function, and go about each day. It’s scary to admit that the people who are meant to nurture you have hurt you, but reporting abuse is a priority…if you suspect abuse, say something. While keeping quiet might seem easier for you, a simple phone call can save someone from having an anxiety disorder or depression that will make their lives much more difficult. You could save a person’s life by simply taking the time to report suspected abuse. If you, yourself are a victim to abuse, remember you’re not alone.  You’re never alone, and it’s never your fault. Everybody deserves to feel safe and comfortable in their own home.