Covid-19 has forced schools in communities across the country to conduct classes online. Teachers, counselors and mentors are only seeing children in online settings.
A child living in an abusive home has no one to turn to for help.
Add your name to our petition below, and urge schools to train teachers to recognize and report child abuse in online classrooms. In times of crisis, people like us come together to protect those who cannot protect themselves.
In September, the Washington Post reported:
The closure of schools and day-care centers means teachers and social workers have been unable to identify and report abuse. A growing body of evidence suggests incidents of domestic violence are rising as families struggle with restrictions on movement and mounting economic hardship.
Without proper training, teachers conducting classes online may not recognize one of their students is being abused or living in an abusive home. Children who need help are not getting it – there are children in communities across the country falling through the cracks.
Think about a child who is in an unsafe place. The young boy who is sheltering at home with an abusive parent. The teenage girl in quarantine with a step-brother who molests her. Children who don’t have anyone to turn to for help.
By adding your name to our the growing list of generous people who are urging schools to train their teachers, counselors and mentors to recognize and report child abuse in online classrooms, you’ll be doing something remarkable: standing up and shining a bright light on child abuse.
Please, fill out the form at the top of this page and be the shield a child living in an abusive home needs.