Target: The United States Military
Goal: Fix the growing problem of child abuse in American military families
Child abuse cases in American military families – those with a father or mother in the army – have gone up by 40% since 2009. An investigation conducted by the Army Times revealed that 3,698 cases of Army child abuse and neglect were reported last year – an alarming trend correlating with the return of tens of thousands of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. It has also been noted that mothers are more likely to abuse the children when their husbands are way. The military must address this issue directly.
The disturbingly high spike in child abuse cases raises questions about how the Army investigates such cases. In 2008, a foster-child died under the care of an Army couple. But it took five years for the couple to be indicted. The couple allegedly abused the foster child as well as their own biological children, informing them that such practices were a form of “training.” To fight against the rise in child abuse cases, the military cannot let such people get away.
The Army does have programs to prevent, and put a stop to, spouse and child abuse. The U.S. Army Family Advocacy Program hosts seminars, workshops, counseling and intervention services, but the recent spike in child abuse cases raises questions about the efficiency of such programs. The military must devote more resources to child abuse cases.
Jeanteete Werby, Commander, Navy Region Southeast counseling and advocacy coordinator, said it is the military’s responsibility to bring this “hidden” issue to the spotlight, in order to raise awareness and protect more kids from getting abused. Sign the petition to demand the military to set the right tone and course for awareness, response and intervention for child abuse cases.
Dear the United States Military,
The Army Times revealed that 3,698 cases of Army child abuse and neglect were reported last year. This unprecedented number of cases is 40% more than what was reported in 2009. This is a disturbingly and alarmingly high spike in such cases. You must devote more resources to solving the problem before it becomes even worse.
Some military officials believe that there is a stigma associated with reporting child abuse cases. It is your responsibility to make sure that people do not feel this way. More effort needs to be done to make sure that all cases are reported, and that the right intervention and solutions are offered. Help end the rise in army child abuse. These children must be protected and must feel safe in their homes.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Staff Sgt. Terrance Rhodes via Wikimedia Commons