Holidays Not So Happy For Some Children

Posted Dec 26th, 2012 by CeCe Norwood  Category: Community Interest


“Have yourself a merry little Christmas. Let your heart be light. From now on, our troubles will be out of sight” are the beginning words of an all time favorite holiday song. This song and the myriad of other holiday songs all share the same theme: the holiday season is a time of joy, family gatherings, happiness, and no worries. Most children look forward to the holidays because it is a time away from school, fun and the joyous anticipation of opening gifts.

Unfortunately there are too many children who don’t feel the sentiments of holiday carols, share the same happiness that school is closed nor look forward to spending time with family or friends. In fact for them, the holidays are a time of dread and fear. Dread because they know for better than two weeks they will not have school as an escape. Fear because they know the, physical or emotional or sexual abuse they have been enduring throughout the year will more than likely escalate in frequency. How? 24-hour access!

If you consider sexual abuse alone, it’s been proven 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused by their 18th birthday. Studies have documented repeatedly that in 85% of the cases, the abuse is perpetrated by family members or individuals known to the child. Think about it, just like kids are out of school, adults are off work. Relatives are traveling to visit other relatives. In the middle of all the celebrations, children are left with known adults while parents shop, party and visit childhood friends. Cousins, siblings, nieces, and nephews not only have the “kids table” but the kid’s room to play and get re-acquainted; often without the watchful eye of adults. In either case, the opportunity for abuse is phenomenal.

If you want more information on how to protect your children or learn about local resources, there will be an informal gathering on Friday, December 28th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm in the Adopt America Network conference room which is located at 1500 Superior Street. For more information, contact (419) 729-0245.

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