Are you as distressed as I am about the events at Penn State?
It’s hard not to be when we hear not only about widespread abuse but also about people in leadership who witnessed acts of violence and did nothing to stop them.
Instead of losing hope, I invite you to imagine the opposite of what happened at Penn State, Syracuse University, in group homes for people with disabilities in New York State and countless other places that haven’t made the news.
Seeing what it takes to cover up an act of abuse tells us just as much about what it takes to prevent it. There’s no easy answer to what that is but here are some important characteristics of safe and healthy communities:
- Children and teens have the skills to protect their safety and the full support of adults when they speak up about potentially violent situations.
- Those responsible for the care and support of children and people with disabilities have the skills and confidence to interrupt acts of abuse.
- Leaders fulfill their commitment to safety, even when that commitment requires them to take painful steps remove individuals who perpetrate from the organizations they serve.
At IMPACT we don’t just imagine this. We create it every day.
Every year we give nearly 2,000 people the tools they need to interrupt an act of violence. This year we launched IMPACT:Ability, a program that empowers people with disabilities and the organizations that serve them to prevent abuse.
Your generous support makes this possible. Whether your gift is $10 or $10,000, you play a crucial role in creating safety, healing and change. From all of us at IMPACT I wish you a safe and peaceful start to 2012.
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