The war on children has been an ongoing war for some time now, a war that often seems impossible to win.
By the time you finish reading this, more than 30 cases of child abuse will have been reported to authorities nationwide. By the end of today, that number will swell past 9,000 and four of those children will die at the hands of their abuser.All in a single day. When we take stock of these sobering statistics during April – National Child Abuse Prevention
“You belong to me”
Sound like familiar, sweet sentiments? They can be. Yet some practice a love that is about control and ownership instead of mutual support. Healthy love is about respect, equality and there is a sense of peace within it. Unhealthy relationships are marked with jealousy, fear, guilt, coercion and control.
In a healthy relationship, you feel free to make your own decisions. You know your partner or friend values your opinion and safe boundaries. You do not try to control your partner’s actions or feelings. Relationships are not about ownership- they are about sharing love.
Thank you for helping us make this holiday season so special for so many families. The SOS Administrative offices are closed until January 30th. Our hotline will still be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone needing assistance with sexual or domestic violence, dating or stalking violence. 24 hr hotline: 800-825-1295
Even if you don’t believe in the ‘jolly old elf’ you would laugh in spite of yourself if you could see the generosity of so many of your neighbors in this community as we do here at SOS.
The Christmas season- we associate it with a cozy home and a warm night. Santa Claus and stockings. Yet for some families, the holidays are filled with fear – a powder keg waiting to explode. In some homes, there is no moment of everyone smiling around a dinner table.
You were created to love and be loved.
You were meant to live life in relationship with other people, to know and be known.
You need to know your story is important, and you’re part of a bigger story.
You need to know your life matters.