Child Abuse

Ms. Fernandez, a registered nurse, in her attempt to teach our Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) class compassion and tolerance, read a poem by Dana Munkirs. Though every word in this poem counts, I feel that the whole message is summed in this passage:

When we abandon OUR thoughts
and feelings,
to be what we believe YOU
want us to,
or look at trouble we re having,
and want to blame it all on you…
When life calls for new beginnings,
and we fear they re doomed to end,
remember…
Wounded trust is like a wounded knee–
It is very hard to bend.

Please remember this
when we are out of sorts.
Tell us the truth, and be our friend.
For children who were broken… it is very hard to mend.

We have heard of Caylee Marie Anthony and Nixzmary Brown and the many cases that were publicised by the media. However, because these cases only occur one every two years or so, child abuse is as common of a subject as what celebrity broke up for example.  In urban areas like New York City where there is less of a sense of community, child abuse often goes unnoticed or ignored in our society.   The numbers of child abuse are high and those are only the ones reported. You can do something about it! Learn the process to report a suspected child abuse and share the information in your community. Know the signs of child abuse and if you have been abused or know someone who has been abused and you feel like a professional help is needed, reach out for help or guide the person involved to the right place. the office of Mental Health is among many facilities that offer services.  Remember, Depression does not have to be a fatality, you can fight it and win it!

Calling  attention to gender-based violence, Schwartzman has created a critically acclaimed short film, THE LINE and a media campaign to empower its target population (young leaders) to end sexual violence. Together, the film and new media effort are known as The Line Campaign.  Please join us for the viewing of  THE LINE  a film and campaign to end sexual violence.

Thursday, February 23, 2012 – 6pm
CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College
MAIN AUDITORIUM, 2nd FLOOR
2180 Third Avenue at 119th Street
New York, NY 10035
Directions: 6 train to 116th OR 4/5/6 to 125th

Event is FREE.
Seating is limited and RSVPs are essential. Please respond as soon as possible: chmp@hunter.cuny.edu

Presentation to follow with Director Nancy Schwartzman.

For research purpose, please take this poll. the results will be strictly confidential, thank you!

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