There are over 70 million kids in our country, and each and every one of them is counting on the positive change-making efforts of Protect the Joy. Our reach is wide and fluid, but our aim is always to directly address and reduce the dangers faced by our most vulnerable. While we look to you to tell us what threatens the safety and well-being of the kids in your community or at your school, here are a few areas of focus:
Children are three times more likely to be victims of rape than adults. According to childtrauma.org, one out of three females in the U.S., and one out of five males, have been victims of sexual abuse before age 18. The facts are staggering and unacceptable. Since enacting Chelsea’s Law across the country, Protect the Joy is at the helm of keeping sexual predators off the streets. But our job is hardly over. With your help, we’re going laws to give kids back their childhoods.
The physical and emotional harm inflicted on kids by the nation’s opiod crisis is two-fold: The inherent damages caused by these dangerously addictive drugs, and the painful toll of living with family members suffering from substance abuse. Protect the Joy guides coast-to-coast efforts to combat the crisis and empower our kids to cope and thrive.
An estimated 3 million kids witness gun violence every year with devastating impacts ranging from drug abuse, depression and anxiety, and PTSD. Protect the Joy refuses to accept this as the nation’s “new norm” and is fighting for policy and legislation to safeguard our kids’ well-being, health, and innate right to a real childhood.
Child and teen bullying and cyberbullying are at an all-time high. Protect the Joy stands by the belief that bullying is not a right-of-passage, but instead comes with lifelong, and sometimes devastating outcomes. Our commitment to “Show Hate the Love,” drives our policy-making efforts and our overarching goal to support healthy social engagement.