When it comes to child abuse, domestic violence and rape most of us remain silent because we simply don't know what to do and unfortunately this is also true in churches and most Christian organizations. We simply don't realize that not talking about it and offering tangible solutions only enhances a growing problem in choosing to ignore this problem or sweep it under the rug only serves to increase its activity. So the growing question remains, "as an individual what can I do?" The truth of the matter is that you can do much more than you think.
There are many organizations that are dedicated to helping abused children, women of domestic violence, rape and incest victims. Organizations and ministries such as, Helping Hands of Clemson stand on the front lines every day working with children of all kinds of abuse. Gospel Lighthouse Prison Evangelism partners with Helping Hands of Clemson every year by donating home-made pillows that are made with children's cloth designs [like Scooby Doo, Thomas the Train, Batman, etc.], toys, and other needed items. We also donate backpacks that are filled with needed hygiene products and school supplies to various organizations.
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GLPE also donates teddy bears and other stuffed animals to various Law Enforcement Agencies for Officers to keep in their Patrol Cars. When the Officers pull someone over who have children in their automobiles, these stuffed animals are given to them. Officers also distribute them to children who have been involved in accidents.
This helps accomplish two very important things: First, it helps to comfort an upset child. Second, it helps to build a positive bridge between children and the Police. This is very important, especially in today's world where drug dealers and gangs are after our children.
This ministry is looking for churches, individuals, Christian organizations and businesses to partner with us. When we join together with our resources we can make a big difference. Get in touch with us today and find out how you can help us heal one child, and a broken heart, one at a time. To find out what you can do contact J.W. Stansell, by email email@example.com or call him direct at 864-507-0041.
The prevalence of child sexual abuse is difficult to determine because it is often not reported; experts agree that the incidence is far greater than what is reported to authorities. Studies by David Finkelhor, Director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center, show that:
1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse;
Self-report studies show that 20% of adult females and 5-10% of adult males recall a childhood sexual assault or sexual abuse incident;
During a one-year period in the U.S., 16% of youth ages 14 to 17 had been sexually victimized;
Over the course of their lifetime, 28% of U.S. youth ages 14 to 17 had been sexually victimized;
Children are most vulnerable to CSA between the ages of 7 and 13