Stand up for Children in Salt Lake County #ProtectThemAll

Stand up for Children in Salt Lake County #ProtectThemAll

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Salt Lake County is home to pristine snow-covered mountains, unforgettable hiking trails, the 2002 Winter Olympics, and something you may have heard of called ‘Fry Sauce’. A deeper, darker secret is our disturbing rate of child abuse. Utah revealed that in 2019, 10,950 children were CONFIRMED victims of child abuse, 37% of these were within Salt Lake County.

National studies reveal:

  • 1 in 3 children will be abused before they graduate from high school
  • 5 children die from abuse or neglect every single day
  • An estimated 90% of child abuse perpetrators are related to the child. 78% are the child’s parents
  • The effects of child abuse don't end when the abuse does. In fact, they can last throughout the child's entire life.

These numbers are horrifying and unacceptable. Each of those numbers represents an innocent child; a unique child with a name and a desire to be loved.

Even one number, one child, is unacceptable and we need your help!

Life is fragile and ever-changing. Take a look around, life at this moment is not normal. We’re currently up against a faceless enemy that is bringing along with it fear, frustration, and grief. None of us are immune to the effects of COVID-19, particularly families. As stress levels rise, the potential for child abuse unfortunately also has the tendency to rise. Here we are in April 2020 and schools have been canceled, jobs lost, and social distancing is now a common phrase. As if that were not enough, let’s throw in a 5.7 magnitude earthquake. We’re in the midst of the perfect storm, and we need to ACT now.

Each of us have children in our lives; sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, students, or neighbors. They need someone, they need YOU, to fight on their behalf. Children need an advocate. It takes all of us, an entire community to bring these numbers down to the only acceptable goal, zero. Whether these littles are your own or not, you have the chance and the choice to be an advocate, will you? 

Join us in taking the pledge and commit to #ProtectThemAll and #KeepThemSafe. 

No matter what life throws your way, earthquakes, pandemics, or even the fear of a fry sauce scarcity, children deserve to be protected. We are asking you to make this commitment, a promise, to keep your kids safe, and together we can #ProtectThemAll.

For more ways to be involved or to donate $1 on behalf of one of the 4,033 victims of child abuse in Salt Lake County last year, please visit

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