In under five minutes, the little girls on stage were finished with their recital dance.
As I looked around at the rows of family and friends in attendance for this one little girl – the same one I came to see – for this small amount of time, some who drove at least an hour to be there, one thought crossed my mind: every single child should be as loved and adored as this one.
Statistically speaking, a child is abused every 10 seconds. EVERY. TEN. SECONDS. Can you imagine? Well, if you grew up in an abusive home, you certainly can, I’m sure, but the idea is still staggering.
“Child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education.” –Source
If a child is witnessing domestic violence, that child is also being abused. Too often, we think of child abuse as something physical only (in fact, most people think of domestic violence as physical only, as well), but it’s emotional and mentally destructive to children to witness others being harmed, especially their mothers or fathers. Even if the abuser never lays a finger on the child, the damage is being done; the children are seeing and learning.
It goes without saying, or so we would think, that every child deserves to grow up healthy, taken care of, loved, cherished, and doted on to the point that over a dozen people would show up at a 5-minute dance recital, but that simply isn’t the case. Children are witnessing terrible violence, and they are being hurt by those who are supposed to love them.
“More than four children die every day as a result of child abuse.” –Source
Even one is too many.