A child suffers every minutes

An Act for Kids initiative

A child suffers every minutes

An Act for Kids initiative

I agree. Child abuse and neglect must stop.

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More than 49,000 kids in Australia are living a nightmare!#

#EVERY11MINUTES

Every 11 minutes, every single day, another child suffers abuse or neglect. What’s worse, child abuse and neglect in Australia is happening more frequently than ever.

So spare a thought for six year old Ethan and the thousands of vulnerable children just like him.

These kids deserve a second chance at childhood. They deserve to feel the safety of a caring and loving home environment. They deserve better.

That can only happen when we as a community are willing to say enough is enough.

If you agree child abuse and neglect must stop in Australia, join the fight by pledging to do what you can to help these vulnerable children. By adding your name shows your concern for abused and neglected children and your willingness to advocate for the protection and welfare of vulnerable children.

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THE HARSH REALITY#

  • In 2016/2017, there were 379,459 reports of abuse to child protection authorities in Australia.
  • That same year, there were 49,315 confirmed cases of child abuse or neglect.
  • Children under 12 months - that’s right, babies - were most likely to suffer abuse or neglect.
  • In 2011, a child was abused or neglected every 17 minutes.
  • Today it’s every 11 minutes.
#Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Child Protection Australia. www.aihw.gov.au

Ethan's Story


"BY THE TIME ETHAN WAS JUST SIX YEARS OLD, HIS FAMILY HAD ALREADY BEEN THE SUBJECT OF OVER 30 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE REPORTS."

Kids living with domestic violence suffer emotional and psychological trauma from the impact of living in a household dominated by tension and fear. This can severely affect their ability to initiate and accept affection.

Scared to ask for help

Ethan was removed from his parents due to severe domestic violence, exposure to alcohol and drug misuse and their untreated mental health issues.

Due to the tumultuous nature of his home, he learnt not to ask for help when he was scared, hungry or needed to go to the bathroom. Instead, if he hurt himself or was upset he became very quiet and subdued and would play with his hands to soothe himself.

He was unable to initiate affection and even more uncomfortable accepting it.

Flying under the radar

Ethan learnt to internalise his emotions and fear. He wasn’t aggressive, he didn’t yell or swear or throw tantrums and as such, he could easily fly under the radar.

It was hard to tell that on the inside, this innocent six year old was living in constant fear and couldn’t identify one person in his life that could keep him safe. The only indicator was his developmental delay in his speech and motor skills which were a direct result of his neglect and missed opportunities of learning.

KIDS SUBJECTED TO ABUSE OFTEN FEEL FEARFUL OR ANXIOUS ABOUT DOING SOMETHING WRONG. THEY MAY BECOME WITHDRAWN, TRYING TO SHIELD THEMSELVES AWAY FROM THE POSSIBILITY OF DOING SOMETHING WRONG AND INCURRING FURTHER ABUSE.

If you agree that children like Ethan deserve to feel safe and live a life without abuse and neglect, join the fight to stop child abuse and neglect in Australia.

Click here to show your support

Ethan's Story


Kids living with domestic violence suffer emotional and psychological trauma from the impact of living in a household dominated by tension and fear. This can severely affect their ability to initiate and accept affection.

Scared to ask for help

Ethan was removed from his parents due to severe domestic violence, exposure to alcohol and drug misuse and their untreated mental health issues.

Due to the tumultuous nature of his home, he learnt not to ask for help when he was scared, hungry or needed to go to the bathroom. Instead, if he hurt himself or was upset he became very quiet and subdued and would play with his hands to soothe himself.

He was unable to initiate affection and even more uncomfortable accepting it.

Flying under the radar

Ethan learnt to internalise his emotions and fear. He wasn’t aggressive, he didn’t yell or swear or throw tantrums and as such, he could easily fly under the radar.

It was hard to tell that on the inside, this innocent six year old was living in constant fear and couldn’t identify one person in his life that could keep him safe. The only indicator was his developmental delay in his speech and motor skills which were a direct result of his neglect and missed opportunities of learning.

KIDS SUBJECTED TO ABUSE OFTEN FEEL FEARFUL OR ANXIOUS ABOUT DOING SOMETHING WRONG. THEY MAY BECOME WITHDRAWN, TRYING TO SHIELD THEMSELVES AWAY FROM THE POSSIBILITY OF DOING SOMETHING WRONG AND INCURRING FURTHER ABUSE.

If you agree that children like Ethan deserve to feel safe and live a life without abuse and neglect, join the fight to stop child abuse and neglect in Australia.

Click here to show your support

"BY THE TIME ETHAN WAS JUST SIX YEARS OLD, HIS FAMILY HAD ALREADY BEEN THE SUBJECT OF OVER 30 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE REPORTS."