While we share in the collective relief following the conviction of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, that feeling is juxtaposed with our rage and grief over the needless death of Ma’Khia Bryant, a 15-year-old Black American girl, shot and killed by police mere minutes before the Chauvin verdict was read. The reality is, our country has never been a safe place for many, many children, especially Black and Brown children. Every child needs to be safe and loved. Safe Shores is working to make that a reality for each child we serve, and to teach adults how to better protect kids 365.
With all that’s happening in our world these days, Child Abuse Prevention Month is an opportune time to explain what Safe Shores means by #ProtectKids365. This list is by no means exhaustive, but serves as a reminder that keeping children safe is multifaceted.
When we write or say #ProtectKids365, we mean
Protect kids from violence
Protect kids from hunger
Protect kids from neglect
Protect kids from shame
Protect kids from danger
Protect kids from homelessness
Protect kids from indifference
Protect kids from disease
Protect kids from racism
Protect kids from becoming racists
Protect kids from abandonment
Protect kids from lies
Protect kids from hopelessness
Protect kids from loneliness
Protect kids from exploitation
Protect kids from adultification
Protect kids from low expectations
Protect kids from injustice
Protect kids from social isolation
Protect kids from ignorance
Protect kids from premature death
Protect kids from cruelty
Protect kids from hate
Protect kids from abuse
Protect kids, all the time—365 days a year.
When children are protected, we get to the root of what is destroying us.
We break cycles of injustice, trauma, and pain.
We help to heal the world.
That’s the goal Safe Shores is working toward, one child at a time.
What about you?
How to Get Involved
There are many ways to join Safe Shores in our mission to prioritize child abuse prevention EVERY month. We encourage each and every adult in our community to take the following steps to #protectkids365:
1. Join us for Coffee for Kids
2. Attend an upcoming Stewards of Children training
3. Connect with us on social media and share how you work to #protectkids365
To report suspected child abuse in the District of Columbia call 1-202-671-SAFE(7233)
To report suspected internet crimes against children, contact report.cybertip.org