Greetings my FRIENDS!
Many adult survivors of child sexual abuse have written to Protect Every Child (PEC) expressing gratitude for all that you are doing through your activism, to help change the world. You are lifting up the rocks and shining a bright light upon the darkness of child sexual abuse.
On their behalf, and on behalf of today and tomorrow’s children…THANK YOU!!!
A week ago we announced the Fall Color Tour of Protect Every Child banners, posters and signs. With the march now being only 14 days away, I would like that day to dawn BRIGHTLY. I know it will. The October 5th Children’s March will be triumphant in part because it was preceded by 9 months of climbing mountains, hills and driveways to save children.
A week ago, we requested that supporters invite a friend to unfurl a banner. Whether or not you go to your mountain together, on the same date, or separately, your participation and publication of your efforts will continue to help raise public awareness.
A week ago we expanded the definition of a mountain to include any institution that had the power to harm or to help a child, the power to hurt or to heal a child. The difference, of course, lies in the human element. What safety policies does the institution have, and are the people who run that institution following the policies? The first place to start, of course, is with having proper institutional child safety policies for people to follow within every organization that deals directly with children.
Months ago, Protect Every Child was perceived by some as a Utah movement. Perhaps even a Texan movement because of where I am from. Some perceived PEC as being a Mormon movement, because it was born out of the Protect LDS Children movement. The truth is that Protect Every Child is an ecumenical movement whose influence is felt across the country and around the world.
Protect Every Child is now a SIXTEEN-member coalition working to change things for our most vulnerable. Our coalition partners are actively engaged in prevention, training, recovery, research, justice and legislation surrounding the issues of child abuse. They all support the mission of PEC and the historic March to End Child Abuse.
So far in America, our banner has flown in the states of Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Maryland, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming , and Washington D.C.
Across the world, our banner has been raised in the continents of Africa, Europe and North America. In Africa, our banner has been raised atop Mount Kilimanjaro. In Europe, our banner has been raised in England, Norway, Scotland and Switzerland. In the continent of North America, our banner has been raised in Belize, Mexico, Canada and the United States.
The Spirit of Determination to Protect the Children is awakening around the world! On the same day that Protect Every Child will be marching in Salt Lake City, the Catholics will be staging a protest at the Vatican and ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses will be marching in multiple locations on multiple continents.
During the next two weeks, I would like to challenge PEC supporters to fly their banners and publish our message far and wide. Let’s plant A Banner In Every U.S. State and A Banner On Every Continent and Fly it Among As Many People Of Different Faiths As Possible. We want the world to understand that child abuse has no boundaries, and that it’s rampant spread must be ended. That is our Mission Impossible. That is the Impossible Dream we dream.
Thank you for helping us spread the word through your participation in the Fall Color Tour to Protect Every Child. We are excited with the momentum that is building as the date for The Children’s March draws ever nearer. None of this could be possible without your help. Like each of the beautiful autumn leaves on every tree, like each tree in every forest, our united one-by-one efforts are making a Mighty Unity of One Voice, roaring out to Protect The Children. We need each of you. We love and appreciate all of you. We thank every one of you.
Fly those banners high! See you October 5th in Salt Lake City.
Video to share explaining Why We March
Register for the march HERE.
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P.S. If we’ve missed your banner unfurling, let us know, and we’d be thrilled to add your story to our website.