Does April O'Neil Prevent Child Abuse
By: Jacqueline Scott | December 6, 2010 | Opinion, Sex & Gender
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Now I know we have all noticed that our friends have changed their profile pictures in the last few days to cartoon characters.  I joined the bandwagon and changed mine to April O’Neil, the spunky newswoman from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  When your friend become Snorks or my little ponies you begin to ask questions.  It turns out that this is a part of an anti-child abuse campaign.  I don’t know if everyone got the memo.  But anyhow does it work, does it raises awareness?  Yes and no.  I think that it made some people think about child abuse, but I don’t think it did more than that.  Everyone knows that child abuse is bad, but the Facebook message that went with the wall post didn’t come with information such as “if you suspect a child is being abused please call,” or “if you are a victim of child abuse call.”  It was just this blanket statement, child abuse is bad.  Great I know that now next week we will change our Facebook profiles to vegetables to say that we should exercise.  These Facebook campaigns need more action behind them.

 

Jacqueline is the Founder of The Sexy Politico. She's a world traveler - fueled by her love for learning. She has lived in the United States and Eastern Europe, but as of now calls Wuxi, China her home. She's proudly travelled throughout the lower 48 states in America as an army brat, navigated her way from West to East in Europe, and has seen the most urban and rural areas of Southeast Asia. Through all her journeys she managed to double major in Political Science and History w/ a minor in Southeast Asian studies at Northern Illinois University, join the Peace Corps, and teach English to children on three different continents. She has learned a few things along the way she'd like to share as advice to a future world traveller: 1) Always accept a Grandmother's home-cooked meal and 2) Never lose your wits because you never know when or where you'll need them.


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