Wednesday, March 25, 2009

MSPCC - April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

“Child abuse casts a shadow the length of a lifetime.” Herbert Ward

I recieved this email today from the MSPCC and am posting it to my BLOG. I was a victim of child abuse and neglect at a time when getting hit was used as a form of "discipline". ''It wasn;t the hitting that was so bad (but when any adult hits a child it hurts!) as much as the intention to be cruel and neglectful and very self serving by the very person who should have loved me and provided for me and my siblings - my own biological mother.

But to say that it was just my biological mother would only be giving half the story - she allowed her male partner to live in our home from the time I was four -years-old until I was nine-years- old. I lived in fear daily from the abuse but nightly I was even more afraid for my life.

I am thankful to the Department of Children and Family Services formerly known as the Department Social Services in Massachusetts for removing me from that environment and placing me in the hands of The Home for Little Wanderers. I know I had a better life because of this early intervention. I give back today by speaking out at events when asked. I share my story because I can (where some children have lost their lives).

Please spread the word that APRIL IS CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH!!

Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Crulety to Children (MSPCC)

In Massachusetts:
A child is reported abused or neglected every 8 minutes.
A child is born into poverty every three hours.
A child dies before his or her first birthday every day.

At MSPCC, we believe that every child is entitled to a safe and healthy start and we know the best way to provide that start is to reach out to families as soon as possible. Parenting can be a difficult job but effective parenting can be taught. Our programs work.

During this important month, please remember that no parent wakes up in the morning wanting to hurt their child. But as our neighbors, friends and families lose their jobs and worry about their capacity to provide for their family, stress takes its toll.

Each April, leading corporate, civic and philanthropic leaders join MSPCC at the “Together Against Abuse” dinner at the InterContinental Hotel in Boston. Always an inspirational evening, MSPCC invites you to attend.

Until then, there are lots of ways you can support MSPCC:

Check out our exclusive online auction at and starting on April 1 bid on once in a lifetime experiences such as a trip to Broadway’s TONY awards, a level one national sports event or even a private cooking lesson for four people. Then look forward to even more exciting items during our silent auction at the live event.

Tune into our media sponsor WBUR, 90.9 FM, to catch one of the many Public Service Announcements promoting “Together Against Abuse”.

Thank you to WBUR (90.9 FM - Boston’s NPR News Source) and all our Corporate Sponsors for their generosity andtheir commitment to ending the abuse and neglect of children.

If you haven’t already purchased your ticket or table to “Together Against Abuse”, please click here. Tickets and tables will be available for purchase until Sunday, April 26.

Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC)
99 Summer Street Boston
MA 02110
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Definitions of Child Abuse and NeglectState Statutes Series
Author(s): Child Welfare Information Gateway
Year Published: 2007 - Current through April 2007

Definitions of child abuse and neglect on the Web:

Child Abuse and Neglect (CA/N) is a Federal legislation that identifies the minimum behaviors or acts that define physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect, upon which States may base their definitions. ...

also known as cruelty to children or child maltreatment, is defined as:

The term means any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caregiver with intent to cause death, serious physical or emotional ...

In its most general sense, discipline refers to systematic instruction given to a disciple. This sense also preserves the origin of the word, which is Latin disciplina "instruction", from the root discere "to learn," and from which discipulus "disciple, pupil" also derives.[1]

To discipline thus means to instruct a person or animal to follow a particular code of conduct, or to adhere to a certain "order." Consequently, "in the field of child development, discipline refers to methods of modeling character and of teaching self-control and acceptable behavior.
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Child Abuse

Mass Dept of Children & Family Services

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