March against child abuse

To the editor:

Million March Against Child Abuse (MACA) is a non-partisan, grass roots, nationwide effort to unite all child advocates in solidarity for peaceful demonstrations against crimes against children on April 22. Sherry Pento of Rindge has organized a MACA event for the Monadnock Region outside the Jaffrey-Peterborough District Court at 84 Peterborough Street in Jaffrey from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please join us for an afternoon of dialog and sharing of resources to help stop the tragedy of child abuse and neglect.

Did you know that:

1. According to studies, 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually molested by the age of 18, by a close trusted adult or older peer.

2. Nearly 3 million child abuse cases are reported each year but experts believe an estimated 6 million go unreported.

3. Those who commit crimes against children typically get 25 percent of the sentencing they would have received had they committed the same crime against an adult.

Help is available for children and families. We simply need to shine a light on this problem and educate people on how they can help end this national tragedy. Many of us do not know how to recognize the signs and symptoms of child abuse or are afraid to get involved. It is not a topic people are comfortable discussing, but we must not let our own fears or ignorance permit children to suffer alone and afraid. It is time for the adults in the community to stand up for children and let them know we are here for them.

Please join us. Contact sherrypento@gmail.com for more information.

Patricia Martin


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