Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Day 122: Became A Voice For The Voiceless
Having a child is obviously a wonderful thing. It brings my wife and I so much happiness, and we look forward to seeing my daughter grow everyday and seeing what new things she learns, does and hopefully soon, says. One thing that I didn't expect when my daughter was born was that on top of all of the joy and happiness that she brought us, I would also experience fear like I never have before. Fear that she may not be protected and safe at all times. Fear that something may happen to her. I don't live my life constantly fearful, but every so often, I see a news story or read something online that sickens me and brings fear to the forefront. Yesterday as I walked in the Chicago Loop, I had some of these fears after learning some shocking statistics, and today for my random act, I want to do something about it.
It is estimated that 3,000 cases of childhood sexual abuse go unreported in the Chicagoland area every year. These children have to live in silence and fear that if they speak up, they will be harmed or injured, all while the abuse continues. The Chicago Children's Advocacy Center's mission is to eliminate the suffering of abused children in Chicago by uniting public, private and community partners to ensure their well-being. Yesterday, the group took over Chicago's Daley Plaza for a program called Voices for 3000. They asked people to pledge their "voice" for the voiceless children who, due to fear, can not speak out about their own abuse. It is a way to stand up for these children and raise awareness for this serious problem. So today, for my random act of kindness, I visited their website and pledged my voice. Please visit Voices For 3000 and pledge your voice to help eliminate childhood sexual abuse.