Judith Natale, CEO & Founder of NCAC America-USA, claimed this day as “A day to reflect on how we can help stop the violence inAmericathat is destroying the lives and well-being of women and children. A day to prayerfully put an end to violent behavior in American homes, schools, workplaces and communities.” This day is recognized annually, the second Sunday in June.
National Organization for Women (NOW) reports: “In 2005, 1,181 women were murdered by an intimate partner. That’s an average of three women every day. Of all the women murdered in theU.S., about one-third were killed by an intimate partner.”
They also state that “According to theNationalCenterfor Injury Prevention and Control, women experience about 4.8 million intimate partner-related physical assaults and rapes every year. Less than 20 percent of battered women sought medical treatment following an injury.” (See now.org for more information)
The statistics on children surpass these figures.
Childhelp.org reports: “Children are suffering from a hidden epidemic of child abuse and neglect. Every year 3.3 million reports of child abuse are made in theUnited Statesinvolving 6 million children; that’s because reports can include multiple children. TheUnited Stateshas the worst record in the industrialized nation – losing five children every day due to abuse-related deaths.”
That’s a lot of abuse inAmerica. What can we do to help?
First, become aware of the problem. Some is visible, but much of the abuse is hidden. Staying busy in our own little worlds, keeping our heads buried in the sand, won’t help. If you know of a neighbor or friend that’s experiencing abuse, try to be there for them, or guide them to an appropriate facility that has the resources and knowledge to help. Lend a helping hand to worthy organizations that assist in these matters. Financial aide and volunteering in always welcome. Check locally for churches and shelters in your community that need assistance.
Today, celebrate life by helping the lives of women and children in need.