A cycle of violence – and strategies to end it
When reading UNICEF’s recently released report on violence against children I was struck by the very first line; “Violence against children is universal – so prevalent and deeply ingrained in societies it is often unseen and accepted as the norm.”
While I see this horrible truth at play on a daily basis, through the news and individual reports on clergy sexual abuse, it is still shocking that in this day and age our children are threatened by so much violence. I hope this report is a wakeup call to not just those in a position of authority, but also parents, guardians, teachers, coaches, and everyone who works with children.
The report also highlights six strategies to changing this violent trend towards kids. Two of the strategies that really resonate with SNAP’s mission are educating children about their rights and strengthening judicial, criminal and social systems.
Teach your children about safe touch and their rights and call your legislators and urge them to make changes to archaic statutes of limitations involving child sex crimes. Let’s work together to end the violence against our children!
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.