First and foremost, we want to thank every single one of you for making 2013 an incredible start to our journey. Since we started just six months ago, the Humanity Preservation Foundation has already spoken to 1,000’s of people about the effects abuse can have on everyone. We also have spoken to many about different ways to prevent these heinous acts from occurring in the future, but for that to become a reality, it will truly take a team effort. You are all apart of that team.
I learned a lot in 2013 in regards to not just how many children are sexually abused before their 18th birthday (1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys) but also some of the simple things that can be done to prevent abuse from happening (eliminate one adult/one child situations, insist on background checks for employees, etc.). The prevention part is really not as difficult as some may think, it can be an ugly topic and it tends to scare some away, but in reality abuse is happening everyday and it shouldn’t take it happening to you, for you to want to do something about it.
Pop quiz: How many of you can repeat how many girls and boys will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday without looking at the previous paragraph? That is the problem here, those numbers (1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys) are terrifying and should not be so easily overlooked. Something has to be done to prevent that.
With 2014 beginning tomorrow, the future is bright for not only us at HPF, but every single one of you. Everyday we hear stories of people coming forward and either reporting acts of abuse that they have seen or been a victim of. I know this scares some of you and we as humans tend to take the “What is this world coming to?” approach, but really this should excite you. People are becoming aware of the effects abuse has on not only children, but everyone, and that is the first step in healing and preventing.
1 in 4 girls. 1 in 6 boys.
Thank you all again and I wish every single one of you a Happy New Year and a healthy and happy 2014!
HPF Executive Director
The Humanity Preservation Foundation