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Facebookers Changing Profile Pics to Cartoon Characters to Fight Child Abuse

December 4, 2010 13 comments

Pages promoting the Childhood Cartoon Faces campaign encourage users to change their profile pictures to their favorite cartoon character for a good cause.
Have you been on Facebook lately and wondering why your friends and family are looking more like Homer Simpson or Wilma Flintstone?

A new social media campaign known as Childhood Cartoon Faces hopes to raise awareness of violence against children by encouraging Facebook users to ditch traditional pictures in favor of the cartoon images.

“Change your Facebook profile picture to a cartoon from your childhood and invite your friends to do the same,” said the Campaign to End Violence Against Children, a Facebook page.

“Until Monday [Dec. 6], there should be no human faces on Facebook but an invasion of memories,” the group also writes, meaning your friends’ pages should go back to normal by the start of the workweek.

This action is a collective effort to end or at least put a dent in ending child abuse for this weekend.  We have an epidemic in this country and our people need/must recognize the absolute need of awareness and prevention.

We always ask individuals, groups and Advocates to go the extra mile in their Advocacy, this is just one more way of making a viral impact on the matter-at-hand.  It is  simple and meaningful to change your profile picture for such a worthy and much needed eye-opener to many.  The thought of “it will never happen to my child (children) or in my community is the farthest from the truth.  Victimization can happen to anyone – but it our jobs as adults to keep our little ones best interest and safety always first.  They need our voices – be a voice.

Anything that we (Advocates) can do to bring much needed attention in support of bringing awareness and major attention to Stopping Child Abuse is a major step in the right direction. Again, our children (whether biological or not) need us and we are their voices.  Stand up and be a voice, take a stance.
Thank you for your support and Advocacy.
Take care and STAY SAFE!
Anny

Living for Today – Erin Merryn’s Strength to Overcome and Heal

November 8, 2010 Comments off

Healing


Eleven-year-old Erin Merryn’s life was transformed on the night she was sexually abused by her cousin, someone she loved and trusted. As the abuse continued, and as she was forced to see her abuser over and over again in social situations, she struggled with self-doubt, panic attacks, nightmares and the weight of whether or not to tell her terrible secret. It wasn’t until a traumatic series of events showed her the cost of silence that she chose to speak out-in the process destroying both her family and the last of her innocence.

Through her personal diary, written during the years of her abuse, Erin Merryn shares her journey through pain and confusion to inner strength and, ultimately, forgiveness. Raw, powerful and unflinchingly honest, Stolen Innocence is the inspiring story of one girl’s struggle to become a woman, and a bright light on the pain and devastation of abuse.

Stolen Innocence is written with conviction and clarity. [Erin Merryn] doesn’t hold back, and I respect her honesty and openness…By the end of the book, I thought I was reading passages from a much older adult than a high school senior. Erin has grown into a strong, wise, intelligent, perceptive, spiritual, caring adult.”
–Susan Reedquist, The Children’s Advocacy Center

Fans of Erin Merryn’s heart-wrenching debut memoir Stolen Innocence were left wondering what would become of an emotionally fragile Erin after her confrontation with the reality and repercussions of being a child of incest and molestation. In Living for Today, Erin chronicles how she cultivated the strength to face her abuser and eventually found relief from years of emotional restlessness, while also igniting the beginnings of a new fearless journey. Living for Today chronicles that journey, which began with the unearthing of private shame, releasing of ugly memories, letting go of guilt, and becoming the mouthpiece of millions of her generation.

In Living for Today, anyone who has felt victimized, ashamed, isolated, and silenced by their abusers will receive a roadmap for self-discovery, forgiveness, and empowerment. With real compassion and wisdom, this book can help readers overcome trauma and live fully and fearlessly for today.

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