Every 30 seconds a child is abused.
In 1964 the United States began to pay closer attention to child abuse and neglect, thanks to President Nixon who signed the first Federal child protection legislation (CAPTA) which provides Federal assistance to states for the prevention, identification, and treatment programs for child abuse (childwelfare.gov). Since then, April has been recognized as National Child Abuse Prevention month.
Despite the 53 years since the initiation of CAPTA, child abuse remains at large with an increase of victims of 3.8% since 2011. Neglect remains the highest form of child abuse. CAPTA defines neglect as the failure to provide for a child’s basic needs: physical, medical, educational, and emotional. Characteristics of a caregiver that put the child at risk for any form of child abuse include drug or alcohol use, and domestic violence.
2 years ago, YesICAN set out on a mission to make a music video that would depict the effects of child abuse on our society. With the joint efforts of singer/songwriter Hannah McNeil, writer/director Anthony Bushman, and the cast and crew, we produced "Unbroken Angels".
"Unbroken Angels" is a music video that follows a teenage boy named Drew and the cycle of abuse in his family. His family's story brings to life the fact that 1 in 3 boys who is physically abused will engage in criminal or anti-social behavior later in life, often including the abuse of his own children. The outcome of the music video follows YesICAN's vision, where recognizing signs of abuse can make a difference in someone's life and educating yourself can help you make more informed decisions about your own situation or that of a loved one. The moral of Drew's story is that together, we CAN break the silence and cycle of abuse.
There are two ways for you assist with our goal. The first is to watch Unbroken Angels and share it with your friends and family. Violence is never the answer. This video shows that taking a stand against child abuse makes a difference. The second way you can help is by making a tax deductible donation. $25 will fund 1 group session for a survivor of child abuse. Don't forget, April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.