In addition to April being Autism Awareness Month, it is also Child Abuse Awareness Month. I asked my dear friend Sherri if she'd do a guest blog spot to bring to light Child Abuse Awareness here on my blog.
With the 6th "anniversary" of my oldest son Dwight's abuse now behind me, I think it's time to start focusing on the coming month.
I humbly ask everyone to wear a blue ribbon on your shirt, coat, purse, anywhere that can be seen throughout the month of April to help spread the awareness.
In 2007, there were an estimated 1700+ deaths due to child abuse and neglect and over 40% of those deaths were children under the age of 1. (Info from http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/factsheets/fatality.cfm)
Just think.... how many more children suffer abuse each year that don't die??
For those who don't know my son's story, Dwight was only 3 weeks old when his biological father shook and threw him on the couch to make him stop crying. Dwight had grand mal seizures and a stroke that nearly cost him his life.
Instead though, he was spared but now lives life bound to a wheelchair with many severe disabilities and health issues
He is solely dependent on a feeding tube in his stomach for his survival as he cannot swallow correctly which keeps him from enjoying food by mouth. He will never run around with his little brother, play sports, or do anything that a normal child will do due to severe developmental delays and brittle bone disease.
The only true pleasure Dwight gets in life is from listening to music and the noises around him because he is blind.
We need to get the word out about child abuse! Anyone can be a child's hero by stepping up and stopping the abuse however you can!
Thank you Sherri for sharing your story. Dwight is such an inspiration to all those who meet him!