Frederick Douglass said that “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” And it’s true. You cannot give a child back their childhood. You cannot undo trauma once it is experienced, you can only alleviate the harm. It is far more effective, cost effective, and fruitful to do everything in our power to give ALL children the kind of start and the kind of future they deserve.
That is why we are stepping up together. For 30 days, we are setting our sights on a goal that is simply too daunting to accomplish alone. Our #StepUpStopAbuse steps challenge is rallying people across Massachusetts to use their daily steps to make a difference in children’s lives. When we launched the campaign with a goal of 5 million steps together, we had no idea we’d be able to meet it in just 12 days. Now we’ve tripled the goal to 15 million steps, and it’s so inspiring to see the energy and passion of a small group of people get us close.
But we don’t want to be close. We want to blow past our new goal just like we did our initial goal. We want to send a message, loud and clear, that we can stop child abuse if we step up together. We want to shift the focus from repairing broken dreams to building strong children in the first place.
Every child deserves to grow up in a safe, loving, and nurturing environment. But we can’t make that a reality if we don’t step up together. That means reaching out beyond our comfort zones, raising our voices publicly, sharing proudly on social media, joining the 30-day step challenge, using the sharing and invitation tools in the app, and so much more.
We know how to stop abuse but frankly, it is simply not the priority that it so desperately needs to be. That’s where you come in. We need you to join this growing movement and be the voice for the children in Massachusetts who don’t have one.