Million March Against Child Abuse (MACA) is a non-partisan, grass roots, nationwide effort to raise awareness of the magnitude of child abuse, to educate the masses and ask our lawmakers for tougher sentencing in violent crimes against the nation's children.
The walk is spearheaded by Lin Seahorn, Founder of Children Without a Voice (CWAV) (Pronounced C-Wave) out of Alanta, GA.
"Children are the world's greatest natural resource and should be protected more than anything else on earth," stated Seahorn. "We have to break the Loading…silence around the magnitude of crimes against our children right here in the U.S., educate the masses, hold our lawmakers accountable for taking these crimes seriously and keeping violent offenders in prison where they belong. We are asking everyone to join us in the streets on April 22."
According to CWAV, there are nearly 3 million reported child abuse cases each year. However, experts believe the actual number is closer to 9 million as most go unreported. At a recent congressional hearing, experts testified they believe nearly 10 children die each day in the U.S. as a result of child abuse.
According to the group, one out of six boys and one out of 4 girls will be sexually molested by a close and trusted person before the age of 18.
For more information about MACA and CWAV visit their websites at www.facebook.com/mmacamarches and www.cwavusa.org.