President Donald Trump proclaimed April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the White House announced on Thursday, March 28.
One if four children experience some form of abuse and neglect before they grow up.
“Too often, childhood is marred with pain, violence, neglect, and abuse, which can have lifelong psychological, emotional, and physical consequences,” Trump said in a statement.
“At no fault of their own, some children are subjected to the most depraved forms of child abuse and neglect, without reprieve and, sometimes, without any knowledge that they are being maltreated,” Trump added.
Two of the worst child sex abuse scandals have been exposed since Trump took office. In the United Kingdom, an investigation revealed a merciless ring of pedophiles who abused up to 1,000 children as young as 11 over the course of four decades. In Norway, authorities arrested 51 men from a massive pedophile ring that abused children of all ages, including infants.
In the United States, one of the biggest child abuse scandals turned into one of the biggest and well-documented government-involved coverups in the late 80s and early 90s. Investigators probing the collapse of the Franklin Credit Union in Nebraska uncovered a vast network of some of most powerful men in the United States engaged in the systematic sexual abuse of children, satanic ritual rape, the murder of infants, and the use of minors for drug trafficking.
Nebraska State Senator John DeCamp documented the ensuing coverup in “The Franklin Coverup: Child Abuse, Satanism, and Murder in Nebraska.” A documentary team from the United Kingdom also spent several months interviewing victims and witnesses. The resulting documentary, “Conspiracy of Silence,” was scheduled to air on the Discovery Channel but was pulled on the day before the premiere. The film is now available online.
In the official proclamation, Trump asked Americans to be watchful for signs of child abuse, including sudden changes in the behavior of the child, constant watchfulness as though a child is always preparing for something bad to happen, and untreated medical problems.
“We should not allow pride or discomfort to prevent us from helping a child who is truly suffering,” Trump said. “We must be a nation committed to taking action in the face of adversity and uncertainty, particularly when done to enhance the safety or security of children.”
From The Epoch Times