Abuse is much more than bruises or broken bones; it’s a lifetime of unspoken, emotional scars. Some people are naive to the word abuse. Some of those same people believe a large majority of abuse happens to those in poverty stricken homes and to uneducated people, but the truth is abuse does not discriminate. Abuse happens in the best of homes by both men and women, regardless of race, color, religion or sexual orientation.
As an advocate, it becomes very disappointing day after day to pick up a newspaper or turn on the television and see the dramatic increase in violent headlines. But what really upsets me, as a parent and as an advocate is very few media outlets provides a solution. The mere thought of providing vital resources has never crossed their minds, and if it had, it too, went unspoken.
It’s hard to rationalize, but statistics show 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be molested by the age of 18, every 10 seconds a child is abused in the United States and today, 5 children will die from abuse or neglect. 1 in 4 women will experience some form of domestic violence in her lifetime, more than 160,000 kids stay home from school daily to avoid being bullied and In 2013 41,149suicides were reported, making suicide the 10th leading cause of death for Americans. In that year, someone in the country died by suicide every 12.8 minutes. Currently there are over 60 million survivors.of violence acts.
How can we as a society accept this? How can we as a society have a blind eye? How can we as a society continue to fail your, mine and our children and fellow mankind? How can we allow these monsters to succeed and rob our children of their youths and innocence? How can we stand by and allow more lives to be lost due to violence?
Too many men, women, children and animals have been silenced by violence, but there is help available. Advocates United for Humanity is a new organization providing vital resources; bullying, child abuse, domestic violence, rape, suicide, missing and animal abuse to those in need.
Resources are available via AU4H website or the AdvUnited4Human app. The app is free for download or scan providing vital resources for ChildHelp, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, RAINN, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the American Humane Society. They also provide free child identification kits and cell phone services. For more information, visit the AU4H official website.