The amount of attention paid to the Casey Anthony case, along with the outrage people around the world have expressed over the outcome of the case, indicate that many do care about justice and the well-being of children.
At the same time, I wonder what would happen if we all could channel just a portion of that passion and energy toward tangibly helping a child who is being abused.
Hope Haven, the local children's advocacy center, has helped more than 250 children in crisis since the beginning of 2011. There was no media attention or public outrage for the child raped over the course of many years by her own father, the developmentally delayed child who gave birth to a baby as a result of chronic sexual abuse in her home, the little girl punched by her stepfather and told over and over again that she would amount to nothing, or the baby whose thigh bone was snapped by a caregiver because he cried too much.
These children live in our neighborhoods, attend our churches and go to school with our children.
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Caylee's case is a tragic one, but it is not the only one. The good news is that abused children usually can and do heal. The good news is that we can all help pave the way for healing through our voices and actions.
I urge your readers to visit HopeHaven's website at hopehavenlc.org or call us at 524-2256 to find out how they can make a positive difference in the life of an abused child.
Shauw Chin Capps
Hope Haven of the Lowcountry