Tuesday, October 18, 2005
October is domestic violence awareness month in the U.S. and child abuse prevention month in Canada - both are worthy causes.
If you are an abused woman, seek help. Keep asking until you get it. It is never too late to get help.
If you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected, contact your local children's aid society immediately. Many cases go unreported. People hesitate to report possible abuse because they aren't certain or want to wait to see what happens.
Do not wait. Children die while you wait for concrete evidence.
It is not your job to be certain. It IS your job to help protect the innocent in your community. Make the call. A trained social worker will then visit the family in question and make the judgment call. You have done your part.
If you think someone may already have called, call anyway. A file is opened for every phone call received. If more than one phone call is received for a certain child, the urgency of the visit will increase.
Don't be afraid of retribution; your name will not be revealed to the family and your anonymity will be protected.
It's every day people who make the difference.