Zilch. Zero. Nada.
Every year, between 133 million and 275 million children witness domestic violence in their home. What should this number be? Zilch.
In the United States, EACH DAY four children die as a result of child abuse or child neglect. How many children should die because of this? Zilch.
In the United States, four women per day are killed by someone who is supposed to love them and honor them. How many of these women should be killed? Zilch.
In the United States, 78% of the child fatalities due to child abuse and/or neglect are are a direct result of the parents. What should this number be? Zilch.
The statistics go on and on and on.
What can YOU do? Listen and watch for opportunities to make a difference in your community. Is there an election involving domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, or any other kind of abuse in your area? If so, speak up. Vote. Make a difference. Local communities need to do what they can do to make a difference. They can set up shelters, community centers, and inform the public. You can help make that happen. If you know someone who is being abused, you can help support them through it. You can make a difference in their life. You can help inform them. You can help make an escape plan. You can.
Until the statistics reach “zilch” we have to keep on working toward that number, doing anything we can to help the problem; to help the victims; to make survivors out of victims.
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