As part of an initiative to raise awareness and find solutions to child abuse in the United States, 52 Street Positive is organizing “Black Eye” Friday.
The campaign is set for the day after Thanksgiving—the biggest shopping day of the year, known as Black Friday—and asks participants to forego shopping, and instead spend time with their children. The slogan, according to the campaign’s Web site is: “Give ‘Child Abuse’ a Black Eye Friday, November 25, 2011. Stay home, enjoy your children.”
According to information from Childhelp.org, more than three million child abuse reports are made yearly, many of which involve multiple children. Since 1998, the number of daily U.S. deaths from child abuse and neglect has risen to five from about three. Overall, 78.3 percent of the reported child abuse cases involve neglect, 7.6 percent involve sexual abuse, 10.8 percent involve physical abuse and 7.6 percent involve psychological maltreatment.
Statistics from a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report show that children experiencing abuse and neglect are more likely to be arrested as juveniles and adults, and more likely to commit violent crime.
For more information on 52 Street Positive and its initiatives, visit www.streetpositive.com.