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" For the first six years of his little life, eight-year-old Aiden was beaten, burned, threatened, and degraded. "
Many kids experience devastating abuse and neglect at the hands of people they should be able to trust. They will need ongoing treatment and support, for many years to come. But there is always hope.
He was sexually abused by his older step brother starting when he was four, and when Aiden reported the abuse, he was abused more by his parents. For years he tried to care for and protect his younger sibling from the daily abuse he experienced. Aiden was removed from his parents and is now living with his Aunty Donna.
No one believed me...
Life with Aunty Donna is safe, but Aiden struggles with nightmares, cannot sleep independently, soils himself, is scared, becomes easily angry, doesn’t cope with change and having friends is hard. The trauma he has endured will significantly affect his future. However, with the vital trauma-informed support and therapy from Act for Kids, Aiden is starting to heal.
" After seven months, Aiden is now sleeping and toileting independently, and is concentrating better at school. "
" He understands his feelings better and has learnt to use various strategies for coping and to self-regulate his angry outbursts. "
Social situations are still a struggle, but he is trying to use his new skills. Aiden is being supported to make sense of all the ‘bad’ things that have happened to him in his short life.
Act for Kids therapists, together with Aunty Donna, are working hard to create a safer environment for Aiden to ensure he will continue to grow and develop and have a brighter and happy future.
" Many children experience multiple forms of abuse and neglect. "
The majority (54%) experience emotional abuse, followed by neglect (21%). 15% experience physical abuse and 10% experience sexual abuse.
Abuse and neglect can impact a child’s brain development, how they feel and think about themselves, how successful they are at school, even their physical development and skills. In the long term, this can lead to drug and alcohol abuse, mental illness, difficulty developing and maintaining good relationships, unemployment, and all sorts of social disadvantage.
It takes a lot of hard play to heal little hearts. But, with early, trauma-informed support, we can give kids a second chance at childhood.
Thank you for helping us give kids like Aiden a safe and happy childhood, free from abuse and neglect.
We can’t do this important work without your help. We rely heavily on donations to support our intensive therapy programs for abused and neglected kids, and early support for families at risk. Your donation will help us keep our doors open and expand our services.
Donations over $2 are tax deductible. Every donation, big or small, combines to make a real difference.CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOW
Your generosity means we can continue providing our integrated therapy programs for abused and neglected kids, and support services for families.
Becoming a Kids’ Crusader and donating monthly is the best way to help us help kids and families – it means we can direct funds where they’re needed most and make the biggest impact over time.
As an employee, workplace giving enables you to make a regular donation to Act for Kids through your payroll, directly from your pre-tax pay. This means that you receive an immediate tax saving as it reduces your taxable income.
By leaving a bequest to Act for Kids, you can make a positive difference to the lives of children and young people who have experienced abuse and neglect. By including Act for Kids in your will, you offer a gift of hope to future generations and you will help us give abused and neglected children the chance to lead safe, happy and fulfilling lives.
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At three years old Thomas could barely walk or speak, and his body was covered in scratches.