#SaveOurChildren seeks to help kids in abusive situations


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#SaveOurChildren seeks to protect kids

Alyzza Madrid, Reporter

The hashtag #SaveOurChildren has been going around Facebook recently.

The thing that sets this hashtag apart from others is the meaning that it has behind it.

This hashtag is all about protecting kids from people who want to hurt them like pedophiles and human traffickers.

According to the National Children’s Alliance site, “An estimated 678,000 children (unique incidents) were victims of abuse and neglect in 2018, the most recent year for which there is national data.”

It’s a bigger problem than people realize, and now with this hashtag, Facebook users are getting the word out and trying to help as many kids as possible.

The National Children’s Alliance states that two-thirds of cases that the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) handles involves kids who are sexually abused within their own household. Children as young as a new born baby are affected by abuse from a family member. The abuse could be many different things from neglect to sexual abuse. In most cases, the children aren’t old enough to fight for themselves or know that what is happening is wrong.

The Facebook hashtag has brought awareness to people and have helped other families fight for their kids.

One child who sparked outrage within the hashtag was a little girl named Sophie. Her father saw the hashtag being used on Facebook and decided to try to get help from this large group to win custody of his child. He posted videos of her pleading to her mom to stop the abuse at the hands of the mother’s boyfriend and everyone jumped on the new hashtag #standwithsophie.

According to parentology.com, a parenting website, “On Wednesday, September 9, a judge awarded full custody of nine-year-old Sophie and her two younger brothers to their father, Michael.”

After donations from all over and millions of people standing up for one little girl it ended happily for both the children and the father.

This is just one example of how the new Facebook hashtag is helping. The more awareness that it provides, the more children it will likely help in the end.