Sunday, April 14, 2013

April 14 - Global Day to End Child Sexual Abuse

The Innocence Revolution: a Global Day to End Child Sexual Abuse, was founded by Tom Scales and Jill Starishevsky to build awareness and launch a global crusade against the crime of child sexual abuse.

Violated children turn to drugs, alcohol, violence, and other self-destructive behaviours. They struggle with depression, alcoholism, drug addiction, eating disorders, cutting, social isolation, and violence.

So, why do we need The Innocence Revolution? Co-Founder Tom Scales answers that here:

Today is also Dictionary Day, International Moment of Laughter Day, and Yom HaZikaron (Israel's Memorial Day)!

Here are some interesting things that happened on this day in history:

- Robert Chambers told a committee of the British Parliament dealing with emigration that London was too full of children in 1826. He recommended that Britain's "surplus children" be sent to Canada as farm labour.
- 1st edition of Noah Webster's dictionary was published in 1828
- Edgar Allen Poe's "Murders in the Rue Morgue," was published in 1841
- Harriet Tubman began her Underground Railroad in 1853, helping slaves escape
- The St Lawrence River flooded, inundating Montréal in 1861
- William Bullock patented the continuous-roll printing press in 1863
- President Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater in 1865. Also in 1865, the US Secret Service was created to fight counterfeiting
- Sherlock Holmes began his adventure "Reigate Squires" in 1887
- John Steinbeck's novel "The Grapes of Wrath" was published in 1939
- Troops of the 1st Canadian Army liberated Arnhem in Holland after 2 days of fighting in 1945
- The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1960, winning the Stanley Cup for an NHL-record fifth year in a row
- The National Film Board of Canada won an Academy Award for the animated short film Every Child in 1980
- The Human Genome Project was completed in 2003, with 99% of the human genome sequenced to an accuracy of 99.99%

Stay tuned for our next, "On This Day in History"!

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