BENEFITING: THURSDAY'S CHILD
WE NEED IMMEDIATE HELP TO PURCHASE THE HOUSE WE OPERATE FROM, WHICH SERVES AS OUR HEADQUARTERS AND IS TO BE A TRANSITIONAL SHELTER FOR ABUSED AND RUNAWAY CHILDREN.
Thursday's Child has been in existence for 33.5 years. But in the past dozen of them, it has been forced to move 4 times because of all the greed and fraud in the real estate market. The last move took 6 months and 10 days due to the fact that the charity sells books online and has more than 50,000. But they are inventory and not ready cash. The new lease stated "This lease is for a two-year term with the option to continue to renew for additional terms," but when the first term was about to end, the landlord said only he had the right to allow us to renew the lease. Two very large law firms have already donated more than $300,000 in attorney time. But, still, we might be evicted in 10 days and locked out in 15 days unless we can purchase the property. No move can be accomplished in that short and time, and even if it could, we might find ourselves in the same situation in another year or two.
The charity, Thursday's Child, helps children who are missing, exploited, trafficked, abuse, have eating disorders or self-injury issues, are bullied, sexually assaulted, date raped or have problems with drugs or alcohol, etc. It has helped nearly half a million children since 1982 when it began and there has never been a salary taken. Its services are 24/7.
AGAIN, the charity needs immediate help in purchasing the place it now rents.
Ask any student at any school in North America if they or anyone they know have or have had an eating disorder or have cut or have been bullied, and the overwhelming answer will be yes. Millions of teens and young adults are affected by these issues, but few pay attention. Statistics on bullying and suicide are alarming
• Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts. Over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it.
• Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University
• A study in Britain found that at least half of suicides among young people are related to bullying
• 10 to 14 year old girls may be at even higher risk for suicide, according to the study above
• According to statistics reported by ABC News, nearly 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims of bullying, and 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of bullying. Sexual assault statistics Cutting
• Each year, 1 in 5 females and 1 in 7 males engage in self injury 90 percent of people who engage in self harm begin during their teen or pre-adolescent years
• Nearly 50 percent of those who engage in self injury activities have been sexually abused
• Females comprise 60 percent of those who engage in self injurious behavior
• About 50 percent of those who engage in self mutilation begin around age 14 and carry on into their 20s
• Many of those who self injure report learning how to do so from friends or pro self injury websites
• Approximately two million cases are reported annually in the U.S.
• While these self harm statistics are from reliable sources, truly accurate information about rates and trends of self mutilation are difficult to come by because the majority of participants conceal their activities. Their behavior may never come to the attention of medical professionals or other social service persons. Eating Disorders
• 0.3 percent of youth have been affected by anorexia, 0.9 percent by bulimia, and 1.6 percent by binge-eating disorder. (National Institute of Health)
• Overall, another 0.8 percent had subthreshold anorexia, and another 2.5 percent had symptoms of subthreshold binge-eating disorder. (National Institute of Health)
• In addition, the majority who had an eating disorder also met criteria for at least one other psychiatric disorder such as depression. (National Institute of Health)
• Each eating disorder was associated with higher levels of suicidal thinking compared to those without an eating disorder. (National Institute of Health)
And while the President and the First Lady and Oprah have talked about these issues at great length, not much is being done. In terms of eating disorders and self-injury, Thursday's Child is the only point of first contact that does not ask for money.
The helplines are available 27/7 through our 1 (800) USA KIDS helpline. Not one cent has ever been taken for anyone's salary, and all services are 100% free.
The charity, however, has been operating on breaths of air.
We need public and private support to be able to make a real difference.
Our motto is "No child beyond our reach." The money will be used to both run the hotlines and to fund a transitional shelter for abused, runaway and trafficked children.