“The fact is, is that we live in a society that places a high premium on speed, convenience, hurry up, text me back, BlackBerry me, why didn’t you return my voicemail? So all those things, if you think about them, they are very counter to what good parenting and good neighboring really requires, which is slow down, pay attention, listen to me, take time for me.
The statistics show that one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused by the time they reach their 18th birthday. That’s epidemic proportion. So we need to be having this conversation in our families, in our schools, in our communities, in our organizations and in the media and make sure that they are well-informed conversations.
You need to pick up the phone and call the child abuse hotline. The District of Columbia has the number, and it’s 202-671-SAFE. It’s 202-671-7233.”