A Wewa Woman's Club focus for April
Violence in the home and in relationships is rampant. It’s in our neighborhoods, local, state, and national news. We don’t need statistics to tell us that.
What we do need is a mindset – a resolve – to break the cycle.
We know that those who are abused as children and/or witness abuse to other family members often grow up to repeat the pattern. Sometimes violence is believed to be the normal way to handle situations. Sometimes the adult is so emotionally hurt by the childhood experiences that the hurt rules all emotions.
April is Child Abuse Awareness month. The General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GWFC) has child abuse as one of the major components of their domestic violence umbrella.
The GWFC Wewahitchka Women’s Club is focusing on child abuse in April as part of its “The law is on your side” campaign.
We all know that reporting abuse is critical to stopping it. Local law enforcement and the FL Abuse Hotline at 1-800-962-2873 stand ready 24/7 to assist in child abuse reports.
Also a way to fight abuse is to see that our children have and know the following:
1. To have trusted adults they can talk to about anything.
2. To know that their bodies are their own and that they should tell a trusted adult if anyone tried to touch them or make them feel uncomfortable in any way.
3. To know the difference between a safe secret – like a surprise party that everyone will know about soon and be happy about – and a bad secret they are warned not to tell anyone.
Child abuse is an uncomfortable top to discuss. However, weight the discomfort against the (possible) lifelong damage that can be done if children do not know how to protect themselves from a predator. It is always smart to get help/advice from professionals at any time – school counselors, pediatricians, social workers, etc.
Together we can take steps to break the cycle of child abuse.