Be­cause Ev­ery Child De­serves To Be Safe

North Toronto Post - - Charitable Giving Guide - BOOST CHILD & YOUTH AD­VO­CACY CEN­TRE, BOOST CYAC & De­sign are trade­marks and BOOST is a trade­mark and of­fi­cial mark of Boost Child & Youth Ad­vo­cacy Cen­tre.

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.

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