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Be Aware of the Prevalence of Abuse (Day 3 of 19 Days of Activism)

Day 3 of 19 Days of Activism for the Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Neglect:

Ariana-Leilani 1Selected facts and figures (UN sources)

  • As many as 150 million girls and 73 million boys worldwide are raped or subject to sexual violence each year, usually by someone in their family circle
  • Between 133 and 275 million children annually are estimated to witness domestic violence. Violence in the family, in the form of harsh punishment, is common in both industrialized and developing countries. Children in all regions have reported the physical and psychological hurt they suffer at the hands of their parents and caregivers
  • Corporal punishment, such as beating and caning is standard practice in schools in a large number of countries, and is often responsible for school drop-outs
  • Between 20 and 65 percent of school-age children report having been verbally or physically bullied • 126 million children and youth are involved in hazardous work, often enduring beatings, humiliation and sexual violence by their employers • Between 80 and 100 million girls are ‘missing’ from the world’s population – victims of gender-based infanticide, foeticide, malnutrition and neglect
  • 1.2 million children are trafficked each year
  • Institutionalized children – whether in orphanages or detention facilities – are at particular risk of violence from the staff responsible for their care, including torture, beatings, isolation, restraints, rape and harassment
  • People who are part of their lives perpetrate the majority of violent acts against children: parents, teachers, schoolmates, employers, and caregivers. In only 29 States has all violence against children been prohibited, leaving the vast majority of the world’s child population without adequate legal protection from violence
  • Violence against children extracts extraordinary costs to society, and is linked to lifelong social and health problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder; depression; antisocial and aggressive behaviors; substance abuse; lung, heart, and liver disease; impaired academic and work performance; problematic peer relations; and greater involvement with the criminal justice system.

Ariana-Leilani suffers each and every day from abuse and neglect.  Sign her petition to get her the help she needs and to save her life.

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Ariana-Leilani Has Suffered from Five Years of Abuse and Neglect, But DC Officials Refuse to Protect Her (Day 2 of 19 Days of Activism)

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Ariana-Leilani and Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu

Day 2 of 19 Days of Activism for the Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Neglect: It is time for the District of Columbia to stop protecting those that abuse and neglect children in the District of Columbia and ignore the human rights of its children.   Ariana-Leilani has been subject to abuse and neglect for five years, test results evidence her being given drugs that can cover up abuse and cause her severe chronic neutropenia.  But the District of Columbia has knowingly allowed her to be subject to such severe abuse and neglect, but has chosen to cover it up rather than protect her.  Unless she is given relief, she is likely to die.

Sign her petition to get her the help she needs and to save her life.

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19 Days of Activism for prevention of abuse and violence against children and youth 1-19 November

19daysThe 19 Days Campaign is a WWSF initiative launched in 2011 by the Children-Youth Section and sponsored by the Women’s World Summit Foundation – WWSF and other partners.

As a multi-issue coalition of diverse partners using the 19 Days Campaign as an organizing strategy in the fight against at least one of the 19 abuse/violence issues presented in the list of campaign themes, you help create a world fit for children by:

  • Raising public awareness of the multi-faceted problem of abuse and violence
  • Mobilizing agents for change, organizations, institutions and grassroots faith-based groups
  •  Educating for better prevention measures
  •  Strengthening local, national and international initiatives
  •  Establishing collaboration with other campaign partners
  •  Creating support at the national, regional and international level
  •  Linking prevention with the Convention on the rights of the child and the UN Study on violence against children
  •  Lobbying governments to implement UN Study recommendations and in particular “prioritize prevention”

Aims of the 19 Days Campaign

Continue to bring to light the alarming problem, its multifaceted aspects and the need to generate sufficient civil society interest and government and public support for better prevention measures

Catalyze grassroots support for the mandate of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children – SRSG VAC

Create new synergies at all levels between diverse actors (youth included) to empower the international community in its commitment to eliminating violence against children and youth

The 19 Campaign themes

  • Sale of children (2013 main theme)
  • Child prostitution (2013 main theme)
  • Child pornography (2013 main theme)
  • Children involved in armed conflict
  • Sexual abuse
  • Bullying
  • Neglect
  • Child labor
  • Corporal punishment (2011 main theme)
  • Child trafficking
  • Child sex tourism
  • Harmful traditional practices
  • Street children
  • Discrimination based on health conditions
  • Addiction and substance abuse
  • Malnutrition
  • Dangers of ICTs
  • Abduction
  • Juvenile death penalty

Ariana-Leilani is being abused and neglected.  As a result, she suffers from Severe Chronic Neutropenia — where her neutrophil levels are at life threatening low levels making her prone to fatal infection.   She needs medicine to control her condition.  Please sign her petition:

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