You can do a lot of things in 10 seconds. You can take a selfie. Post on Facebook. Wash your hands. Tie your shoe. Play a game of hopscotch. Take a pledge.
It’s not a lot of time, yet so much can happen.
- A toddler can be sent to daycare in shorts and sandals in frigid weather.
- A teacher can notice horrifying bruises on a student.
- A teenager can contemplate suicide because of the sexual abuse they’ve endured for years.
Child abuse is a serious problem.
It has lasting effects on each person it touches. It affects boys and girls of all ages, in all types of families. It happens in big cities, in small towns and in rural areas. It’s a dark and looming shadow in every community, whether we realize it or not.
But we have good news.
The cycle of abuse does not have to continue. There is hope. Communities are coming together, pooling their resources and making a difference. Slowly but surely, we’re flipping the script – the statistics are improving.
Together, we can end child abuse.
END IT. But to do this – to really do this – we all have to have a stake in it. You have to have a stake in it. You are part of the solution.
10 seconds is not a lot of time. But it’s enough time to be someone in the life of a child. Every second counts. Take the pledge to be someone today.