GFWC Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Bulletin
By: Carol White, GFWC Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Chairman
At a recent follow-up veterinarian visit, Dr. B asked, “What is the greatest problem facing our society today?” This Chairman responded without hesitation, “That’s easy; our children are not being taught respect and responsibility.” Dr. B was surprised by the answer but indicated that he too believed that same thing. He attributed the following quote to Brad McCoy (father of Colt McCoy, University of Texas star quarterback), “Instead of preparing the pathway for our child, we need to prepare our child for the pathway.”
Pick up any newspaper today and you will find articles about bullying, teen dating violence, child trafficking, “sexting,” and how many children lack manners and are seemingly self-centered and self-absorbed. What can we as clubwomen do to break this cycle and return our society to one of mutual respect for self and those around us? We can continue to work diligently to educate our youth and their parents to the harmful effects of not preparing our children for their path.
Suggest that clubs:
- Advocate and implement programs in your community dealing with the issues of bullying and teen dating violence (including “sexting”).
- Lobby for legislation dealing with the issues of bullying, teen dating violence, child trafficking, and “sexting.”
- Resources: Subscribe to legislative updates from National Network to End Domestic Violence (www.NNEDV.org), Family Violence Prevention Fund (www.EndAbuse.org), and your state Domestic Violence Coalition.
- Advocate and/or implement educational programs that teach children of all ages respect.
- Advocate and/or implement parenting classes to teach parents about issues facing children today and how to be effective parents. Remember, children do not come with instructions.
The 2008-2010 GFWC Domestic Violence Awareness Committee and this Chairman wish to thank all members clubs for their programs and projects undertaken during this administration. It is through your continued commitment to ending domestic violence that we will be instrumental in preparing our children and their children for their path.