Congrats to the founder of Left Foot Forward for receiving the SheRo award the 2nd year in a row at the 23rd Annual Stone Awards in Memphis, TN on October 20th, 2018.
Though the recognition is always appreciated, we are still sobered by what garnered the recognition - our fight to protect our children from child sexual abuse.
A perfect world wouldn't need this. But, that's not the world we live in...and until that fight is won, we will remain boots on the ground to #ProtectOurYouth and #EndChildSexualAbuse!
The month of October has annually been designated as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. During this month, we got to participate and perform in an open mic event whose them for the month was tied to bringing awareness to domestic violence.
You may be thinking: "Left Foot Forward fights against child sexual abuse. Domestic violence isn't child sexual abuse." Here at Left Foot Forward, we disagree. People typically tend to align domestic violence with partner vs. partner, husband vs. wife, boyfriend vs. girlfriend cases of abuse. However, domestic means home. When we apply that broad term to this topic - we believe that domestic violence is any act of violence against anyone at home. Left Foot Forward aligns ourselves with the fight against domestic violence because many of our children are being sexually abused behind what should be the safety of their own home.
Did you know that 90% of sexually abused children know the person who abused them? When you break that number down even further, specifically 30% of sexually abused children are abused by a family member.
The first step to prevention? Education!! #ProtectOurYouth #EndChildSexualAbuse
Note: For those in the Memphis and surrounding areas - contact the Family Safety Center if you or anyone you know needs assistance with getting out of a domestically violent situation. The Family Safety Center is more effectively able to serve the hurting families of Memphis and Shelby County who are caught up in the trauma of domestic violence.
Family Safety Center
1750 Madison Ave. #600
Memphis, TN 38104