Fighting child abuse and neglect is a community-wide effort. Thanks to our Community Superheroes, we are able to fight harder than ever!
Throughout the month of May, CASA of CGS is featuring superheroes who have made a difference in not only our fight against child abuse, but in the community as a whole.
Today’s Community Superhero is Arthur C. Horn, professor at Cumberland County College (CCC), social entrepreneur, CCC Head Basketball coach, and board member for Complete Care, Inc., COMPASS Academy Charter School and other projects that people in the community invite him to participate in.
Horn says, “I am promoting child abuse awareness through how I parent my children. I believe if you’re going to promote a cause then you have to set positive examples and lead by example. Even if the example just impacts my children (they will potentially become better people).” Awareness doesn’t remain only in Horn’s home, he promotes awareness by continuing “ … to have active conversations through classes I teach at Cumberland County College about child abuse. I use social media to promote child abuse awareness and I work with other organizations/groups around the issue of child abuse awareness.
“The statement in the movie (‘Broken Child’), “a broken child began a broken adult” allowed me to grasp how great of impact that child abuse has on our quality of life.”
– Arthur C. Horn
CASA of CGS has worked diligently to make sure abused and neglected children have superheroes. But, everybody has an idea of what a superhero is to them. Arthur’s favorite superhero is The Green Lantern, because according to him, “As David Pegg described, ‘The Green Lantern is in possession of the most powerful weapon in the universe, the power ring wielded by the green lantern grants him abilities that are seemingly limited only by his imagination.’ (http://list25.com/the-25-most-powerful-superheroes-of-all-time/2/: Posted December 14, 2011). In a sense, I use my imagination to be my power source to create programs and projects that wield great opportunities for those around me. The imagination is so powerful that even children in abuse situations can at times escape their abusers to arrive at a place of hope and tranquility. This becomes the way in which the children learn to survive and maintain through their abusive situations. Sometimes children of abuse’s imaginations become their Superheroes.’”
One of the major issues in our school’s today is bullying. What many don’t realize is that child abuse and bullying are connected. Most schools are unsure of how to approach the issue and how to make a major impact. Horn has a thorough perspective on bullying, he states, “Honestly, adults need to begin subduing bullying. Most of bullying is a direct creation of the culture adults set forth. Look at our entrainment and what we as a society place value on. This provides a trickle-down effect to our children. Adults do more bullying than our children. Just like a lot of life lessons, children learn from those who are supposed to lead them (adults). I guess that’s why the movie “Children of the Corn” has some value. The children got sick of the leadership of the adults, so they did away with them. Now, I am not suggesting doing away with adults, but we can change the culture of bullying through re-working how adults operate. Then again, all we are as adults are older children.”
Horn says he became an active member in the fight against child abuse because, “I believe that a society’s strength is in the children it nurtures. The better the nurturing process, the more likely the society can exceed its potential for quality of life. For me the HBO documentary “Broken Child” had a great impact on me. The statement in the movie “a broken child began a broken adult” allowed me to grasp how great of impact that child abuse has on our quality of life.
Also, my fiancée has been a foster parent for 10 plus years, so seeing the impact of child abuse first hand keeps my drive to being part of the solution relevant on a daily basis. Plus, spiritually I have been blessed to be proactive in lending a hand.”
A community superhero at best, Horn says, “The overall culture of “we can’t do because we need money” in my community needs to change. It does not cost nothing but the will and the want plus time. Until we stop thinking we always broke, we won’t stop living like we broke. The mindset of a community is the greatest asset that it possesses. Acquiring money to assist in community “social building” should strength the community’s projects (or social building) not be the sole source of creation.”
With his logic, our community will not only grow, but will also prosper. The effort can’t be placed on one superhero alone. We must all take a piece of this approach and live it. The sound of progress as a result will be deafening.
Do you know of a Community Superhero? Help CASA of CGS recognize the effort put forth by them to improve our community!
Email Jennifer Kaysen at Jennkaysen@gmail.com.
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