Give children a Voice

 

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Every action and every word plants something in every person’s life.

The injustice I have seen started planting seeds that grew in me the desire to start something that matters:

#metoo movement for the forgotten ones, our children. The purpose of metooforchildren is to sow a seed that we hope will contribute to giving a voice to the voiceless while increasing awareness of sexual violence against children.

Children are the most vulnerable and voiceless in our society, often suffering from a hidden epidemic of child abuse and neglect, despite the fact that a report of child abuse is made every ten-seconds. It is heartbreaking and so disturbing to hear that the United States has one of the worst records among industrialized nations losing, on average, between four and seven children every day to child abuse and neglect. Children are victimized at higher rates than adults. They are uniquely vulnerable as they may not be able to properly understand and process the abuse they've endured. Children are most in need of effective advocacy, because they lack the information, resources, experience, ability, and more importantly the rights to advocate for themselves. Moreover, unlike adults, children are often completely powerless in their environments. The abusers are frequently the people who also meet a child's most basic needs, such as food and shelter. Even when abuse takes place outside of the home, it is often perpetrated by a trusted individual, and often in the context of activities that are presented as mandatory. When children are trapped in these abusive situations, the consequences can be devastating. In fact, child sexual abuse can cause literal changes to the structure of the brain, researchers discovered in a 2015 study. That's why it is time for the women and men of #metoo to advocate for children as ardently as they do for adults. Removing the stigma is key, and encouraging survivors to disclose their own experiences will help others feel safe enough to come forward. We must disrupt the silence, because silence benefits only perpetrators, never victims. 

All children should enter adulthood knowing that silence is not a requirement. 

metooforchildren is a platform to help the forgotten, the survivors, the victims of all violence, physical, sexual, emotional. Let’s make this world a safer place for our children and let us use all the resources we can involve. I invite individuals and organizations, politicians, influencers, celebrities, lawyers, and most importantly, the victims, to be part of this movement and to make a change in the life of our children.

Speak up to stop child abuse and to save a child. Together we can offer a brighter future to our children, to give rights back to the most vulnerable and forgotten ones. Our activism makes a difference. 

Please join this very important endeavor.

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your GOD is with you wherever you go". 

- Joshua 1:9

Stéphanie, Advocate for children.

 

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Words from a 10 year-old victim

Has someone or anyone ever been mean to you? Or have you ever been mean to someone  else? How did you feel after that? Whether you were mean to someone or if someone was mean to you either both it is not right.

I choose the quote “Be happy… enjoy every moment of your life… life is too short to waste on grudges… laugh when you can, apologize when you should… and let go of what you can’t change” author unknown.

A while ago there was a person who was mean to me. He did things that was not right. I did not speak up and say stop. Now we are in a big problem. Now I know I have to speak up.

I encourage you to speak up and say “stop”, if someone is being mean to you. Also please do not be mean because if nobody was mean it would be amazing.

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