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A Voice for the Voiceless: Go Blue for Child Abuse Prevention Month on April 7!

National “Go Blue” Day is tomorrow, April 7, 2010. On the eve of this day which was created to honor those who have been lost due to child abuse and to encourage the prevention of child abuse, I was shocked to hear about one woman, Melissa Franco’s ability to leave her 4 children home alone at the care of a “neighbor.” One of these little ones was found wandering the dangerous streets Ms. Franco lives on.

What shocks me the most, though, is where these children live and that my previous job and my current job collided this evening when I heard about this. Ms. Franco lives in the oldest and one of the most dangerous public housing complexes in the city of San Antonio. Most native San Antonio residents know to avoid this area, Cassiano Homes, unless you have to be there or you happen to be buying drugs or police officer. I, as an ACORN employee, knocked on these doors encouraging these public housing residents to sign up for vocational training, daycare, register to vote and to prepare their taxes. When I heard Ms. Franco’s street name, my jaw dropped, not out of amazement or shock that it could or would happen here….but that I might have knocked on her door and that her children may have been alone, suffering from parental neglect and I couldn’t do anything, because I didn’t know.

Today, it is my job to make sure that these children, who are suffering from parental neglect, whether it is simply being left home alone, or the more visible physical abuse, are taken care of on a daily basis. I am here to help them feel wanted. I am here to make them feel loved and to know that there is someone there for them and that being left alone or abuse is not the way life should be.

So, tomorrow, April 7, 2010, “Go Blue” in honor of Melissa Franco’s children and all those other children who may have been behind that closed door I knocked on who have no voice. “Go Blue” because child abuse is preventable and that we can give a voice to the voiceless.

Info on Melissa Franco

Report suspected abuse or neglect to the Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-800-252-5400 or online at Last year 280 children in Texas died due to abuse or neglect at the hands of their parents or other caregivers, and a total of 68,326 children were confirmed victims of abuse or neglect. On any given day, approximately 16,000 Texas children are in foster care because they have been victims.

Blue Ribbon Against Child Abuse: A Poem

Blue Ribbon Against Child Abuse:

A Poem


My  ame is Sarah  
I  am but three, 
my eyes are swollen
I cannot  see.

I  must be stupid,
I must be bad,
what else  could have made
my daddy  so  mad?

I wish I were better,
I wish I  weren’t ugly,  
then  maybe my Mommy  
would  still want to hug me. 

I can’t speak at  all,
I can’t do a wrong
or else I’m locked  up
all the day long.

When I awake I’m  all alone  
the  house is dark  
my  folks aren’t home. 

When my Mommy does  come
I’ll try and be  nice,  
so  maybe I’ll get just  
one  whipping tonight. 

Don’t make a sound!
I  just heard a car
my daddy is back
from  Charlie’s Bar.

I hear him curse
my name  he calls
I press myself
against the  wall.

I  try and hide
from his evil eyes
I’m so  afraid now
I’m starting to cry.

He finds me weeping
he shouts ugly words,
he says its  my fault  
that  he suffers at work.  

He  slaps me and hits me
and yells at me more,
I  finally get free
and I run for the  door. He’s already locked it
and I start to bawl,
he  takes me and throws me
against the hard  wall.


Edited for content: if anyone would like the pretty graphic photos that this poem came with I’d be glad to forward them to you. Feel free to e-mail me.

For information on how you can help prevent Child Abuse and how to support April’s 2010 Child Abuse Prevention Month please click here.

Child Abuse Prevention Month 2010


Area Non-Profit Looks to Businesses to Promote Child Abuse Prevention Month


SAN ANTONIO, TEXASMARCH 26, 2010 A World For Children, a faith based child placing agency located on the northeast side of San Antonio is currently seeking business and organizational support in its Child Abuse Prevention Month awareness campaign.

Throughout the year, A World For Children provides care and support for abused, neglected and at-risk youth of state of Texas. By providing foster care and adoption services to these children, the staff see the first hand effects of child abuse on a daily basis and know that prevention and awareness is key.

A World For Children hopes that businesses throughout the San Antonio community will be able to participate in several events and ongoing activities throughout the month of April in support of Child Abuse Prevention Month including, but not limited to:

  • Displaying Keep Kids Safe Signs
  • Displaying Stop Child Abuse Signs
  • Distributing and wearing blue lapel ribbons
  • Wearing blue on April 7, 2010 (National Wear Blue Day)

All proceeds go to children within A World For Children’s care. Throughout the year A World For Children hosts many fun events, ranging from Christmas parties to summer outtings at area theme parks such as Sea World of San Antonio.

If any local businesses or other non-profit organizations are interested in participating in these activities with A World For Children please contact Ashley Shute.