Child Abuse Prevention Month: Major fail in US culture being safe for children

 

How often do we see signs of abuse but take no action?  Child abuse is a crime.

A child in an abusive home is at high risk for getting caught in Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking according to current research. The damage done to the psyche from physical, emotional or sexual abuse leaves a child extremely vulnerable to anyone who will show some attention and bestow some sense of worth upon him or her. These children are the ones sought out by exploiters because they have a fundamental belief that they don’t deserve anything better than more abuse.

 

Child sex trafficking then becomes the most egregious and devastating form of child violence. Sadly, because the scenario involves the selling of sex, these minors often go unnoticed by the system and are not classified as abused. Instead, they are sometimes criminalized themselves. Additionally, perpetrators are rarely caught, charged and convicted.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. In an excerpt of the Presidential Proclamation for the month, President Barack Obama asserts that the biggest part of prevention of child abuse is having healthy families.

 

“Over half a million American children suffer neglect or abuse every year. A strong and well-informed family unit is the surest defense against child abuse, and parents and caregivers who have support from relatives, friends, neighbors, and their communities are more likely to provide safe and healthy homes for their children. Trusted friends and active community members can help ensure families get the support they need by offering their time and resources, taking an active role in children’s lives, and fostering a safe environment for young people to learn and grow. By coming together in service to our communities, we do more to meet our obligation to do right by the next generation.”

 

The President’s number of abused children is low by commonly cited reports, the most recent from ChildHelp indicating that 6 million US children suffer abuse and neglect every year. Representing about one in 12 children, this figure shows a huge fail in American families and culture for achieving the goal of being safe and healthy places for minors.

 

Since abused children are far more likely to become abusers or victims of further abuse and/or trafficking, it makes sense to aim prevention efforts at the families. But, what does it take to turn around a whole generation of families that are abusive and dysfunctional before these values become inculcated into their children? President Obama hit on some key points. Healthy members of the community need to invest in their extended families, their neighborhoods, schools and religious or civic groups as role models, mentors, support and especially as those who value children.

 

If we don’t honor our most vulnerable in these ways, they will become easy prey for the profiteers who choose to sexually exploit the emotionally damaged ones.

 

If you suspect a child is being abused, please call the National Child Abuse Hotline: 1 800-4-A-child (1 800 422-4453).

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Mother’s Day brunch can help rescue somebody’s daughter from sex trafficking – National sex trafficking | Examiner.com

Mothers are known as the face of love for their offspring. When children have gone missing or have taken a bad turn in life, many moms will continue to grieve and agonize until everything is set right once again. For the hundreds of thousands of children who have been caught up in sex trafficking, the setting right process may only come about if the girl or boy is pulled out of the situation through intervention of law enforcement and placement in a healing environment.

Troy Hailpern of Elevate Coffee Company in Phoenix wants to be part of the healing process. A special Mother’s Day Brunch has been set up as a fundraiser for StreetLightUSA, one of the few comprehensive residential treatment centers in the country for girls who have been rescued from sexual exploitation. Families can honor their moms and provide hope for some of the girls who need a safe haven of love and support. Each child enslaved in commercial sexual abuse is somebody’s daughter or son.

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Elevate Coffee Company Mother’s Day Brunch

When: Sunday, May 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where: Elevate Coffee Company
2530 W Happy Valley Rd, Suite 1273
At the Shops at Norterra, next to the Harkins Theatre

Phoenix, AZ 85085
(602) 341-5480

What to do: Purchase a hand-crafted sweet or savory crepe
Mom gets a free drink
$1.00 from each crepe purchased goes to StreetLightUSA to provide services for the girls.
Salads and desserts are also available.

Crepes can be purchased anytime Friday, May 11 through Sunday, May 13 and $1.00 for each one will still be donated to StreetLightUSA.

Celebrate Mom and give the gift of safety and care for some of the wounded daughters who are sex trafficking victims.

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Sex trafficking awareness: Mom’s brunch, comedy show raise funds for survivors – National sex trafficking | Examiner.com

It is Mother’s Day weekend. StreetLightUSA, a residential treatment in Phoenix, is being honored this weekend by area supporters who are putting on fundraising events. Both activities are great places to take the mothers in your life that would love a sweet dining experience or a great comedy show.

Elevate Coffee Company is celebrating moms with non-stop crepes for the weekend.

With each crepe purchase, mothers will receive a free drink, and $1.00 will be donated to StreetLightUSA. Offer is good Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13.

Location: 2530 W Happy Valley Rd, Suite 1273

Phoenix, AZ 85085

At the Shops at Norterra, next to the Harkins Theatre

(602) 341-5480

Special free bonus: Saturday night May 12th, the Musical Theater of Anthem will be giving a free performance. They will feature selections from their musical “Annie” and other pop music. For highlights of Anthem Musical Theater in action, click here.

  • Free to Laugh Comedy Show is playing at Bethany Bible Church in Phoenix. The two shows feature comedians Carlos Oscar, Dana Daniels, and Leland Klassen. The clean, family friendly humor will have you laughing until your sides ache. A portion of each ticket will go to StreetLightUSA to provide services for the residents.

Location: Bethany Bible Church
6060 N. 7th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85013
Ticket cost: $20.00 each, purchased at the door.
Show times: 5:00 and 8:00 p.m.

StreetLightUSA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the care and healing of girls 11-17 who have been held in hostage-like situations and have been forced to prostitute their bodies. Often, they service 10 or more customers each night, and are subjected to every kind of brutal treatment imaginable. There are very few places these children can go for safety, medical care, education, training in life skills, and resources for turning their lives around. StreetLightUSA offers all of this in their residential facility, the only such comprehensive service in Arizona, and one of a handful of similar centers across the country.

Make a date with your favorite mom to attend one of these events, and be a blessing to the girls who may need a caring place to heal from the trauma of sex trafficking.

via Sex trafficking awareness: Mom’s brunch, comedy show raise funds for survivors – National sex trafficking | Examiner.com.