One of the reasons for blogging, I believe, is so that anyone can have a voice and be able to make a difference in the world.
Whether you are a parent or not, I invite you to support the work of www.12for12k.org which is raising money for Stop the Silence – a nonprofit that focuses on the heartbreaking work of dealing with the sexual abuse of children.
Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) in the US alone affects one-third of girls and one-sixth of boys by the time they are 18 years old. Although many countries have not yet conducted the research to identify the extent of CSA, we do know it is a worldwide pandemic and that prevalence rates have been identified as high as 60 percent in some places, and as low as 2 percent in others. As a mother, even 2% is too high, and something I cannot even bear to think about.
Unfortunately, most CSA is never reported (due to shame, fear, stigma, and other factors). Many suffer in silence for most of their lives and deal with severe depression and anxiety. We all privately or publicly know survivors who have not only survived, but thrived; it has taken work for them to get there.
Stop the Silence has a three part mission to stem this epidemic. They are committed to exposing and stoping child sexual abuse and help survivors heal worldwide. The charity’s overarching goals are to:
1) help stop child sexual abuse (CSA) and related forms of violence;
2) promote healing of victims and survivors;
3) celebrate the lives of those healed.
www.12for12k.org has made it their mission to raise money for this worthy cause during the month of February. I will support them and ask all Mompreneurs and anyone else who reads this blog to do the same. Even $10 can help.
Please join me, spread the word if you have a blog or by email, and make a difference in the life of a child.
Elena is founder of a technology PR agency that works with startups to billion-dollar companies. She is passionate about helping marketers and small business owners with practical publicity strategies, which she's also using for her own bling flip flop company.
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