Child protection is everybody’s business
In 2015 – 2016 there were 355,935 reported cases of child abuse in Australia.
We can all think of the names, and in many cases the faces, of Australians who have been killed or injured by other people or who have gone missing and to this day not been found.
Just a few off the top of my head at the moment for example are; Eurydice Dixon, William Tyrell, the Beaumont children, Anita Cobby, Ebony Simpson, Jaidyn Leskie and Daniel Morcombe and I am sure that if I spent much time on that vein of thought there would be many others.
I think it is important though, for us to also keep in mind the ones we don’t all hear about. Not because the ones that are household names matter any less than what we already feel that they do, but because they all matter – every single one of them is just as important, just as valid and just as memorable as the rest.
A 2018 report by Jodie Ward of the University of Canberra states that Australia currently has 2,000 missing persons and 500 unidentified human remains. * In 2014, 20,677 sexual assaults were reported nationally. In the year 2013-2014 there were 238 homicides in Australia.
Horrifically, in the year 2015-2016, there were 355,935 reports of child abuse in Australia.
Every one of the people represented by these figures is or was greatly loved by their friends and families, every one of them had every right to be safe and to live their lives to the full. Every life matters.
The cases that make it into the limelight of media and public scrutiny keep not only the victims and the abusers in our minds but also remind us of the changes that must be made.
Those who don’t hit the headlines are just as worthy of our thoughts and our efforts to bring about changes.
We are a global community. There is no turning away and pretending that it won’t ever affect you – because statistically it probably will, either directly or indirectly. We must act together to protect each other, to protect our nation’s children and to ensure that those who prey upon our children or harm them in any way face adequate punishments for their crimes.
Child protection is everyone’s business (GE)
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* Sexual assault, homicide and child abuse figures retrieved from the Australian Bureau of Statistics