Monday, February 21, 2005

Prevent child abuse.

Every day in the US, three children die as a result of child abuse or neglect. Think of three children you love: your nieces, nephews, children or grandchildren, cousins of children of a friend. Every day three wonderful, fun, smart, strong children die needlessly. Now think of the abused children who don't die, almost one million of them suffering physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and/or neglect. Now get ready to act:

* If you need help or suspect abuse, call 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453). Professional counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

* If your behavior toward your child worries you, GET HELP. Learn how to prevent child abuse and neglect. Information on promoting safe children and healthy families is available in English and Spanish.

* Learn more about child abuse from the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services.

* Support national and local agencies that work to prevent child abuse through hotlines, education, counseling, training, treatment and more. Consider Child Help USA which sponsors the 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) hotline with 24-hour help available in 140 languages and many other services.

Children are often vulnerable. Won't you help them in their time of need?

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