What if we could reduce child abuse and neglect by 100%? What if every child could wake up nurtured and safe? What if the solutions were in our hands?
The goal of 0% child abuse is reachable, and these four solutions are doable now:
"Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can have profound effects on the lifelong health of adults," says the North Dakota Department of Health. ACEs include socioeconomic hardship, living with a person who has a drug or alcohol problem, witnessing domestic violence, and other challenges.
A recent National Survey of Children’s Health provides data on nine ACEs among U.S. children. According to the survey, nearly half of North Dakota children age 0 through 17 have experienced one or more ACEs. This translates into an estimated 65,000 children in North Dakota. In addition, 1 of every 5 North Dakota children has experienced two or more ACEs. More information is available through the Data Resource Center for Child & Adolescent Health.
"Today I live." – Lenny
"She was always with me during those times." – Lynn
"The only way from here to here is through it." – Troy
"Figuring out how to help others survive is part of being a survivor." – Rhonda
"I can’t stress it enough. Please do not give up." – Michaela
This short film, featuring the hope-filled voices of survivors of childhood abuse, is ideal for classroom, workshop, therapeutic, and personal viewing. Vetted by diverse audiences across North Dakota, it is available now for free download. The directors welcome you to show the film free of charge in any setting that will help prevent child abuse and neglect. Many thanks to Karen Van Fossan (film director), Ronya Hoblit (assistant director), and all who made the film possible.
Read the illustrated book, "Authentic Voices: How We Survive," written by North Dakota authors, now.
If you're concerned that a child is being neglected or abused, it is critical that you make a report to the police or social services. Children who are experiencing abuse or neglect need support from trained adults. You can make an anonymous report through the North Dakota Child Protection Program website.