About Our Campaign
Our Nationwide Campaign for Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention.
“An Obligation to Protect Kids…”
As law enforcement veterans and crime survivors, we know the pain, terror and despair that abused and neglected children experience. Almost 700,000 U.S. children were abused or neglected in 2010: tragedies that claimed the lives of 1,560 children. Every one of these cases is a grim reminder that abuse or neglect has touched the life of an innocent child. We know that these numbers represent 700,000 real stories, not just statistics on a sheet of paper. Dozens of our members wrote to us telling us about their personal experience seeing child abuse and neglect.
“My support is dedicated to the memory of Destiny Jackson, age 15 months, of St. Paul, MN, killed February 13, 2007, Destiny died from blunt force trauma at the hands of her father,” writes Chief Paul Schnell from Hastings, Minn. “I first met Destiny while investigating allegations of physical abuse perpetrated on her in late 2006. Despite our best investigative efforts Destiny was returned to her parents and murdered only months later. Destiny was beautiful little girl who was senselessly murdered. While her father was deemed responsible for her death and sentenced to prison, Destiny’s death must serve as a reminder of the critical importance of prevention.”
Stories like this, sadly, are not unique. They represent daily occurrences.
That’s why Fight Crime: Invest in Kids has launched a nationwide Campaign for Child Abuse Prevention. Our plan supports voluntary home visiting services and family supports that can prevent as much as half of child abuse and neglect. We have a moral obligation to protect children and youth from abuse and neglect, and we can and must do more to prevent these tragedies.
“Research shows we can and must do more to prevent child abuse…”
Our new report, “A Shock to the Conscience,” cites research showing that as much as half of abuse and neglect can be prevented.