|a Blue Ribbon is
for child abuse
|National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse
National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse
EDITOR'S NOTE: This program is ideal for ANY group (not just "Neighborhood Watch") whose mission includes an interest in issues of local public safety. Churches, schools, clubs, non profits, improvement associations, etc, should take advantage of this simple program.
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BLUE RIBBON NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH Campaign
LA Community Policing (LACP.org) and the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (NAASCA.org), our two sister organizations, have come together to launch a new Blue Ribbon Neighborhood Watch Campaign .. and are asking everyone in the nation to wear the symbol of awareness of child abuse.
Now in it's 32nd year, the month of April was originally set aside by proclamation in 1983 during the Presidency of Ronald Reagan as a way of raising awareness for the issues of child abuse in America. The Blue Ribbon that's associated with child abuse (much as pink ribbons are associated with breast cancer) was first established in 1989, yet few are aware of it even today.
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|Its all about awareness ..
We want to increase the likelihood that the American public will feel less of a taboo about discussing the four types of child abuse: childhood sexual abuse, violent abuse, emotional trauma and neglect.
We need to educate and arm ourselves about these issues in favor of saving our kids.
And not a moment too soon.
Blue Ribbon Neighborhood Watch
One of the premiere community-based policing programs is the neighborhood watch group, sometimes referred to as the community watch, and our children are among our most vulnerable residents.
Inexpensive and easy to support, and extremely effective, most police departments who understand the philosophy of community policing help to sponsor such meetings, often held monthly. The partnerships that result from such encounters frequently result in less crime and a reduction in the fear of crime, and they tend to raise the quality of life.
Yet few neighborhood watch groups, formed for the reason of fostering local public safety, ever consider a serious discussion of child abuse prevention, intervention and recovery.
We want to designate any group that deals with public safety, like a Neighborhood Watch, a church group, a community safety group, a neighborhood improvement association, a Kiwanis or Lion's Club, the Boy and Girl Scout Troops, a club in a school, hospital or public health groups, city halls and other non profit activist groups .. in short, anywhere public safety is an issue .. as a Blue Ribbon group .. if they are willing to discuss child abuse at least ONE TIME A YEAR as part of their monthly meeting agenda.
The statistics show our children (America's TRUE treasure) are being sacrificed to childhood sexual abuse, severe violence, emotional trauma and neglect at an alarming rate.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates conservatively that close to 50% of our kids will be effected by one of these types of child abuse before they are 18 years old !!
| We want to change that .. and we're asking for your help.
We're asking neighborhood watch groups around the nation to participate!
To us it seems logical that our two organizations, one devoted to public safety and the other to the safety of our kids should be the vehicle for this unique proposal.
The idea's a simple one ..
We want to designate any meeting that's willing to spend at least a portion of their time in just one meeting a year (if it can be APRIL, Child Abuse Awareness Month, all the better) to discussing the topic of protecting our children from child abuse as a Blue Ribbon Neighborhood Watch group .. and we'll send you all the supplies you'll need.
NOTE: We'll happily do the same thing for any OTHER community group dedicated to issues of public safety.
We can provide lapel ribbons, of course, in any number you want, but also materials like:
| talking points,
the statistics of child abuse,
and cards or fact sheets what you can hand out to your members.
Among other things, we'll include the tools you'll need to:
|1) teach kids to defend themselves,
2) recognize the effects / symptoms of abuse,
3) learn how to talk to a child, once you suspect abuse,
4) how to intervene / report abuse,
5) how to deal with internet-based child abuse and more.
We'll also help you find support and assistance for adult survivors who still suffer from abuse they may have experienced decades ago.
America is experiencing an epidemic that's destroying our kids lives at a rate of over 850,000 a year!
is all over the country
A staple of the community-
based policing philosophy is
the notion that all of us can
play a significant role in
keeping our streets safe and
improving the quality of life.
Understanding crime and
cooperating with local law
enforcement, aware engaged
residents are empowered to
participate in reducing fear by
becoming a "force multiplier"
for their police departments.
LACP and NAASCA have
asked neighborhood watch
and other community groups
to consider the safety
of our kids, vulnerable and
innocent, at ONE Watch
meeting a year. Our children
need our help avoiding
becoming victims of abuse.
Make your local group a
| The Center for Disease Control says the annual cost of dealing with the issues of America's child abuse is an astonishing $120 billion! They've calculated the lifetime costs for all the issues surrounding each one year's worth of abused kids at an incredible $585 billion!! And this figure repeats EVERY YEAR !!!
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Child abuse effects all social strata, all races, both sexes, and kids from birth to 18 (when we stop calling it "child abuse" and start calling it "assault / battery / rape / domestic violence , etc").
Victims may not report abuse for a number of reasons. They often fear that disclosure will result in retaliation against themselves or against someone whom they love or depend upon for basic survival. Victims may also fear removal from the home or traumatic separation from family members.
An additional reason, and even perhaps the main reason why victims do not report abuse, is fear of not being believed.
Community members may think you know about child abuse .. but ..
Perpetrators and pedophiles are people of no particular "type," and many select professional careers and volunteer positions that will put them in direct contact with large groups of kids. They look like you and me.
They naturally gravitate to groups, events and activities where children may be found.
At least 30% are close family members.
Only 7% of the offenders are strangers to the child. Fully 93% of the time they are someone they know, love or are supposed to be able to trust.
This is a major problem in urban, sub-urban and rural America (and around the world), one which we can not afford to turn away from. Folks who won't talk about it either suffer from a taboo of discussing human sexuality, especially childhood sexuality, or are in denial.
An alarming number are using the anonymity of the Internet to approach our kids, often creating a fake "persona" (profile) that they hide behind.
Did you know:
||There are over 42 million survivors of sexual abuse in America.
At least 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be molested before they are 18 years old!
Somewhere between 2/3 and ninety percent of sexual abuse victims never tell !!!
Over 90% are abused by someone they know, love or trust.
20% of child sexual abuse victims are under the age of 8 .. most never tell, and some don't recall the abuse.
At least 2,500 of America's kid's deaths are listed as caused by child abuse (grossly under reported).
One in 7 children who are regular Internet users receive sexual solicitations online.
1 in 3 is exposed to unwanted sexual material.
1 in 25 receives a request to meet someone in real life that they met online.
800,000 children are reported missing every year in the U.S. or 2,000 every day.
Annually, an estimated 58,000 children are abducted by non family members, the primary motive for which is sexual.
In the most serious cases, the child is abducted by a stranger and killed, held for ransom, or taken with the intention to keep.
According to the Department of Justice, 74% of the time a child is killed by an abductor it happens within three hours of being taken.
Across the country, someone is making a call or sending in a tip about a suspected case of child abuse every 10 seconds!
The statistics speak for themselves, and reveal without question that America's facing an epidemic that seeks to destroy our kids .. to the tune of over 850,000 new victims each year !
|History of the Blue Ribbon
and child abuse awareness
| In the Spring of 1989, a Virginian grandmother, Bonnie Finney, took a stand against child abuse after her own grandson suffered a tragic death because of abuse. Bonnie tied a blue ribbon to her van as a signal of her personal commitment to involve everyone in the battle to stop child abuse.
NAASCA and LACP is asking everyone to follow Bonnie's example by wearing blue ribbons or by tying a blue ribbon to the antenna of your car during the month of April.
Wearing a Blue Ribbon is all about raising awareness. It signifies an understanding of the serious nature of the problem our kids face, and indicates our willingness to discuss the issues.
We adult survivors of child abuse understand these issues better than anyone. We've lived them from the inside out.
42 million American have thus far been sexually assaulted as kids, but this number has little relevance as to those who can talk about their experiences comfortably. The fact is a TINY minority of this number have experienced a "recovery" or are healed enough to be the "voices" we can count on with enough experience, strength and hope to be effective activists. Its going to take all of us who ARE available, acting in collaboration, to combat this epidemic of child abuse in America.
One of the hallmarks of a being "in recovery" or on a healing journey is our willingness and ability to talk honestly about our experiences, sharing our secrets. The first instance of this is terrifying for many, which is why choosing individuals and / or groups we can trust to be supportive is so important (usually because we know they, too, are former victims).
Together we can heal.
Together we can break the cycle of abuse.
Together we can help a child avoid what we went through.
And that's a first step ..
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