Lincoln, NE/Christian Record News (CRN) Christian Record Services for the Blind (CRSB) has joined a grassroots global campaign to raise awareness and advocate for the end of all forms of child abuse.
“The Seven Campaign – Stop Child Abuse Now” was launched in Nashville, Tennessee, on August 6 at the Teachers Convention for Seventh-day Adventist educators in North America. CRSB shared with over 6, 000 educators a practical approach to supporting the cause through its “Kids Helping Blind Kids” initiative. This specifically aims at supporting children who are blind and assisting them in attending one of the annual National Camps for Blind Children in the United States and Canada.
“We stand together with others in addressing issues of bullying and neglect, as well as physical, emotional, and sexual abuse of children. We add our particular voice to point to the need for more kindness and tolerance, and increased understanding of visually impaired youth, ” said Larry Pitcher, CRSB president.
A brainchild of the Adventist Risk Management (ARM), The Seven Campaign will extend to more than 200 countries, according to Julio Munoz, manager for client experience at ARM. Introducing the initiative, Munoz stated, “I know we are preaching to the choir. But we need a choir that is large, loud, and strong to take the message to the world that we need to stop child abuse now.”
CRSB is a charter partner of The Seven Campaign, along with Adventist educators, The Center for Conflict Resolution at La Sierra University, Center for Youth Evangelism (CYE), John Hancock Center at La Sierra University, and the Children’s, Women’s, Family, and Youth Ministries of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
It is anticipated that campaign supporters will ignite a global grassroots movement by mobilizing their own communities to create awareness, share solutions, and advocate the end to this global problem. Schools and their educational environment are well positioned, according to organizers, to provide an intentional springboard for action to come.
Participants at the Nashville meeting received a set of materials for the CRSB “Kids Helping Blind Kids” initiative. Organizers of the initiative explain that unfortunately, many blind children become victims of bullying and mistreatment because they are different.
“I have encountered story after story of bullying and other forms of violence toward blind children, ” Pitcher said. “It is often simply a lack of understanding what a blind child is living with. This needs to change.”
“We aim at inspiring kids to join in creating a better world – a world where there is more kindness, more understanding, and more involvement in the lives of those who are not just like them, ” Pitcher added.
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Article by Rajmund Dabrowski, Assistant to the President for Marketing. Orginially published August 8, 2012.