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!

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