TAIPEI (The China Post) — In order to raise the public awareness about child abuse, Taiwan Fund for Children and Families (TFCF) worked together with Taiwan New Generation of Creative Content Marketing Group- GRANDI Group to promote the “428 Child Protection Day” and encourage the public to care for and protect abused children.
At the same time, the famous Taiwanese artists, the couple Mickey Huang and Summer Meng, were invited to serve as the artistic producer for the statue of a girl named “Fu” that displays all abused wounds.
TFCF also invited the people to respond to the social campaign called “I see your pain and help you smile again-Together we can fight against child abuse” on social media (https://lihil.cc/rpSBz), which people shared photographs of themselves with images of wounds on the body likes those on abused children.
Over 1,000 people, including artists, athletes, internet celebrities, companies, politicians, the general public in Taiwan and internationally have responded to the social campaign to speak up for abused children since the start of the 4/28 event.
According to the information from the Ministry of Health and Welfare of Taiwan, there were 73,973 cases of child and adolescent protection notification in 2019, which hit a record high.
And the number of child and adolescent protection cases opened in 2019 reached a peak which were 11,113 cases.
The data further showed that 46.4% of the abused children were physically and mentally abused, and 27.3% were improperly disciplined. Based on the survey, TFCF social workers found out that the common child abuse tools in Taiwan included fists and slaps, hangers, belts, wooden sticks, back-scratchers, spanking tool, kicks, water hoses, cigarettes and feather dusters; and the top two tools used were fists and slaps.
As for the most frequently abused parts of children included arms, backs, thighs, calves, buttocks, faces…etc. Ms. Betty Ho, the CEO of TFCF, said: “Tools that are readily available are often misused and become accomplices of child abusers or weapons used by parents to discipline their children.
The abused parts of young children are more secretive and are less likely to be seen by others. It is common to be considered as personal privacy when parents discipline their children and it is not proper for others to make any intervention. Therefore, it is very likely that the child abuses will happen repeatedly. No child should have to endure harm. It is possible to stop the child abuse event if the public stays alert and reports to the authorities.”
It is the first time in Taiwan that we visualize the image of an abused child by creating a statue of a girl named “Fu” with all abused wounds on her body.
Since 2013, TFCF has promoted “Child Protection Day” on April 28 to encourage people care for children in a timely manner, value child protection, and give children a hug. TFCF cooperated with GRANDI Group to visualize the image of an abused child in Taiwan by creating a statue of a girl named “Fu” with all abused wounds on her body. Every shocking wound represents the true story of each abused child, hoping to raise awareness about child abuse to the public. The famous Taiwanese celebrities, the couple Mickey Huang and Summer Meng, were the artistic producers of the statue who provided the creative ideas and joined the status development discussion to show their love and care to the abused children. The girl’s unique clothing was painted by Summer Meng, which the totems represent the tears of abused child and the colorful colors symbolize the longing for rescue of the abused child. Mickey Huang designed the base of the statue in the shape of an inverted triangle which looks unsteady. It also decorated with the mottled wood grain which represents the inner fear of the abused child and the outer scars of the body. Therefore, please do not ignore any sign for help when you observe scars and wounds on the child who is next to you.
Over 1,000 people responded to the social campaign on “I see your pain and help you smile again” to speak up for abused children
In order to help the public to understand the trauma of abused children, TFCF invited the people to respond to the social campaign called “I see your pain and help you smile again-Together we can fight against child abuse” on social media (https://lihil.cc/rpSBz), which people shared photographs of themselves with images of wounds on the body likes those on abused children or maked donations to TFCF to attract more attention to the issue of child abuse. Mr. Lincoln Lai, the CEO of GRANDI Group said that: “This social campaign has caused the high emotional resonance. Through the influence of celebrities and the high participation rate, we have successfully raised the public awareness to the issue of child abuse. It also caused the Taiwanese and international netizens’ attention and over 1,000 people participated in the action to experience the suffering of the abused children. In addition, we are even more looking forward to the prevention of child abuse incidents which is also the intention of launching this campaign. We sincerely hope to raise the public’s awareness and attention to the serious issues.”