Taylor Pyles is a child abuse survivor and the founder of The Blue Ribbon Project. He has been a police officer with Annapolis Police Department for over a decade and is assigned as a Detective in the Criminal Investigations Section. When not working, you'll find him spending time with his family and out enjoying the countryside on two wheels.
The physical abuse of children includes any nonaccidental physical injury caused by the child's caretaker. Physical abuse can vary greatly in frequency and severity. It may include injuries sustained from burning, beating, kicking, or punching. Although the injury is not an accident, neither is it necessarily the intent of the child's caretaker to injure the child. Physical abuse may result from punishment that is inappropriate to the child's age, developmental level, or condition. Additionally, it may be caused by a parent's recurrent lapses in self-control that are brought on by immaturity, stress, or the use of alcohol or illicit drugs. Caretakers may physically abuse children during discipline or as a way to "teach the child a lesson."
There are four commonly recognized forms of child maltreatmentÃ¢ÂÂphysical abuse, neglect, psychological abuse, and sexual abuse. The definitions of these types of child maltreatment may vary depending on the State or the locality in which the first responder works. First responders should become familiar with the definitions that apply in their jurisdictions. Additionally, the signs of child maltreatment listed here do not indicate absolutely that child maltreatment has occurred.
We all have an obligation to stand up for the rights of children and to be their voice where it matters.
A few folks have suggested a great idea for those that want to support the Backpacks of Love program but do not live near the drop off points. We have created an Amazon Wish List that lists several of the items that are needed. It's a great way to purchase the items, get them shipped and then placed into an age appropriate backpack. This list is not all inclusive and will change based on needs...Below is a partial list from our Amazon Wish List
Some things to note:
There are hundreds upon hundreds of drug rehab programs in Maryland that claim they provide the most effective addiction treatment in the country. You can go on the internet and find drug rehab after drug rehab listed with a variety of ârecovery claimsâ.
The Blue Ribbon Project is designed to be a community outreach in both the prevention of Child Abuse and a support network for abused and neglected children. At the Blue Ribbon Project, we understand that victims of child abuse carry a burden throughout their lives and the effects of abuse last a lifetime. That’s why we offer a variety of functional outreach programs that directly serve abused and neglected children in our community, youth in foster care, as well as adult survivors of abuse and neglect. Through our dedication to these children, we remain committed to achieving our vision of raising awareness around child abuse in our communities and acting as advocates for those affected by child abuse and neglect. The Blue Ribbon Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization and our staff is 100% volunteer.
My name is Taylor. I am an adult survivor of child abuse. I founded The Blue Ribbon Project for several reasons and had several goals in mind. First and foremost was to directly assist children within our community who are victims of abuse, neglect, and child sex assault. These children need us to be their voice and to stand up for their safety. It is our obligation to do so. The Blue Ribbon Project achieves this through several outreach programs that work directly with victims of abuse, as well as work with children who are placed within the Foster Care system.
Another goal of The Blue Ribbon Project is to elevate awareness of child abuse and the prevention of abuse and neglect. While there are many resources available and awareness has grown over the last several years, there are a reported 676,569 victims of child abuse and neglect (2011 Child Maltreatment Report, U.S Department of Health and Human Services). This number is staggering...and unacceptable.
The Blue Ribbon Project is a collaboration of survivors, victims, and professionals from various fields. It is this community approach of helping and guiding each other to overcome the obstacles presented to us. While we are all in different parts of our journey, we have something to offer each other in support. The Blue Ribbon Project is developed by you, supported by you, and guided by you. It is YOU who can make a difference in someone's life. The Blue Ribbon Project has grown to become a 501(c)(3) non-profit with programs throughout the state of Maryland.
While we appreciate everyone's support with donations of items as well as full backpacks, we have found that we have an abundance of some items and are completely lacking in others.
We are in dire need of the following items:
We have an abundance of the following items and there is no need (right now) to purchase more: