Because Every Child Deserves To Be Safe
I wanted to talk about it. I wanted to scream. I wanted to yell. I wanted to shout about it. But all I could do was whisper “I’m fine.”
Chilling isn’t it? Yet this is all too common a story for youth enduring abuse. Abuse is scary. Talking about it is scary. Sadly, we have listened to children and youth share heartbreaking stories of abuse and neglect, Internet exploitation, and human trafficking. But many others live with a secret they cannot tell. They worry that no one will believe them; that they are alone. They live in fear that the threats made by the offender will come true. They believe they are isolated and alone.
It takes tremendous courage for a child to tell someone when they are being hurt because over 90% of kids who are abused know their abuser.
It’s our role to ensure that children and youth feel believed and supported from the moment they walk in the door. We show them that there are people who will protect and support them, and help them through the healing process.
We have fundamentally changed the way the system responds to children and youth who disclose abuse. Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre (Boost CYAC) is an innovative community response to child abuse investigations in Toronto. A partnership between community and government agencies, it brings together all professionals involved in child abuse cases under one roof, for a coordinated, interdisciplinary response to child abuse victims under 18 years of age. The centre also offers a number of direct services including, primary prevention, public education, trauma assessment and therapy, and court preparation for child witnesses. Children and youth in Toronto are not alone. Boost CYAC is here to help.
Every child deserves to be safe. Your gift this holiday season will help support a family during a very difficult time.
Please visit www.boostforkids.org/donate for more information and to donate today.