By Javon Daniel
Executive Director, Cullman Caring For Kids
In 2013, 32 children died in Alabama as the direct result of child abuse. This number was verified by the State Child Death Review Team in Montgomery. It is incomprehensible that any child could die from being abused. The fact that it is happening at all is a dark cloud hanging over our society. Children should have the expectation of being loved, nurtured, and taken care of.
In 2013, in Cullman County alone, 852 reports of child abuse were reported to the Cullman County Department of Human Resources. This figure is frightening, but if you take into account that research shows that only 10 percent of abuse cases are reported at all it becomes horrifying. What can be done to stop this terrible suffering? I know most people don't want to talk about child abuse, but it is here. Therefore, we need to educate ourselves about the signs and symptoms of child abuse, so we can talk to our children. Talk to our children to let them know what are good touches and bad touches. Tell them it is okay to tell their parents or someone else if anyone does touch them and that abuse is never their fault no matter what they are told by the abuser.
No matter what, adults need to take a stand this is our community. We are responsible for what happens to our children. April is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month. Please join Cullman Caring For Kids, and other agencies having events, to raise awareness during April. April is the month of the year set aside for Child Abuse Awareness, but abuse happens all year. If you see abuse happening, or even suspect it is happening, call and report it. You may prevent a child from our community from becoming one of the names on State Child Death Review Committee's list next year. We can change the life of a child, a family, a generation, by working together to stop this pain and injustice on our children.