CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT
Out" Lauch and Unveiling
March to Break the Silence and Cycle
Out" as Awareness Catalyst
Child Abuse Monument has been a beacon on several
Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Months in Toronto.
Fountain of Youth
Fountain of youth
Help us speak the truth.
My pain inside is so real
Fountain of youth, help me heal.
Use your voice that's what it's for.
Speak your mind and thank the Lord.
Time will heal your precious heart
Break the silence and make a new start.
of my childhood
is todays WOMAN
As Parents you kept your
children safe from the evil
that haunted your lives,
Mom and Dad thank you
for teaching me to love.
My father was abused and I
wasn't. The cycle stopped.
The dawn of a new generation,
The dawn of new hope.
Let tommorow's sun set
on an era of peace.
TIME IS ON OUR SIDE
Can I be brave enough to
Do you see me? Will you hear me?
Can I learn to sing?
Will I speak the name?
I have been silent so long
But I am a survivor
I am not dead.
Don’t ever forget my love
I do this for you more than for me
We were so very little
You more innocent than me
I still see your beautiful eyes,
dancing, still light & joy there,
mine already gone.
I’m so sorry Jackson
little 5 year old boy,
Your memory will be made immortal now
DON’T EVER FORGET LOVE.
Jeanette Lewis, Executive Director of Ontario
Association of Children's Aid Societies;
Michael C. Irving, Ph.D., Artistic Director of
Survivor Monument Project;
Ken Dryden, President,
Toronto Maple Leafs.
Launching the first Child Abuse
and Neglect Prevention Month of the
new millennium, October 1, 2001
at the Galleria of Air Canada Centre
with one of the "Reaching Out" figures
in the background.
Stand Up for Kids Award
Dr. Michael Irving receives the Stand Up for Kids
Award from the Toronto Children's Aid Societies at
the Launch of Child Abuse Awareness Month in October
of 2007. The Award was presented to Dr. Irving my
Toronto Mayor Divid Miller.
The objectives of the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention
Month is to educate the Canadian public and service
organizations on issues of child abuse and neglect,
child abuse and neglect prevention. Local and national
agencies, professional bodies, individuals, community
groups and the media can highlight and rally around
concerns related to child abuse and neglect. The
Survivor Monument Project also has a commitment
to concerns related to the recovery process and
needs for adult victims of child abuse.
to Break the Silence and Cycle
The Toronto Intergenerational Partnerships
has in conjunction with the Child Abuse Survivor
Monument Project and the Air Canada Centre organized
an Annual March of Drums -- Break the Silence and
the Cycle of Child Abuse -- to make drums, march
and drum together and support the fight against
child abuse, culminating at the Air Canada Centre
in a presentation of hand outlines and messages
for inclusion in the "Reaching Out" Monument.
There is much reason for hope in
expecting child abuse and child sexual abuse concerns
to improve. When viewed historically, the twentieth
century has seen changes of revolutionary and unprecedented
proportions in the improved treatment and care of
"Wasting away," or death
by emotional neglect, was at one time in Europe
the reason for half of child deaths before the age
of two and in this century has nearly vanished.
Junkets for the procurement of child
sex are internationally becoming legislated crimes
that cannot hide behind the crossing of national
Children are no longer seen as property,
and social attitudes have made the protection of
children a priority.
There is still a great distance that
we have to go to see the universal safety and well
being of children a reality. Children do get physically
and sexually abused today.
Education, public awareness and social
pressure are likely going to be the most effective
actions to abolish the lingering scourge of child
Changing public perception and attitudes
about child abuse can have a significant impact
on the degree of eventual wounds associated with
being sexually abused.
Clinical work and research has shown
that there is more likelihood of healthy recovery
and resiliency when there is acknowledgment of the
wrong committed and validation of the innocence
of the victim by those around them -- family and
A direct negative response
is seen in increased symptoms when the child sexual
abuse victim is ignored, shunned, blamed or confronted
with denial. The degree of blaming the victim can
have a greater impact on the wounding of sexual
assault than the initial sexual violation itself.
Blaming and denial hurts and is highly unfair.
When people are more knowledgeable
about the issues of abuse an informed response can
honestly and compassionately say to a victim, "I'm
sorry this happened. It's not your fault. You did
not deserve it."
An authentic concern can do much
to turn around the violation of a terrible wrong.
Becoming aware and knowing how to respond appropriately
is society's responsibility in helping to alleviate
the degree of the wounds resulting from child abuse.
concerted effort is required to educate the public
on the concerns of child abuse and child sexual
abuse. Clarifying misunderstandings and prejudices
is going to take repeated efforts. The enormous
need for public education on abuse issues calls
out for an Annual Child Abuse Awareness Month.