About Umbrella Ribbons
Umbrella Hearts Ribbon project is
a child-abuse awareness activity
a campaign to encourage our community to stand-up against child abuse in all its forms
accepting the challenge to keep our children safe from harm
raising community awareness that it is NEVER the victim's fault
understanding that violence & abuse of any kind is against the law and that the perpertrators are criminals
The Ribbon ?:
The ribbon has raindrops (tears), they signify the trauma the children may have experienced, and the umbrella (a protective shield) represents the carers who choose to care for and protect the children from further trauma (abuse).
The umbrella is a symbol of protection, and wearing the ribbon displays that you believe children are not to be hurt and you are a person who will stand up and protect them.
By wearing the ‘Umbrella Ribbon’, you show that you care about the children and
that you know it is important to care for and protect children from harm.
It’s not OK to hurt a child.
Every day it’s not OK
You will step up and protect children
You will have the hard conversations
You will be the child's umbrella (their shield).
You will let it be known it is NOT OK to hurt children
You will NOT stay silent if a child is being abused
The Ribbon Campaign is currently in operation in Australia & Philippines.
Umbrella Hearts 'Ribbon campaign' was launched in Australia and the Philippines in 2015 to raise awareness of people and children living with violence and abuse.
We encourage involvement from the community to end violence and abuse in communities and encourage people to become the umbrella (a shield) to keep vulnerable people and children safe from harm.
Hearts and Hands board member, Astrid Hocking, has many years of experience working within the welfare and child protection sector, seeing the lasting and devastating effect violence and abuse has on the victim and their families, thus the Umbrella Hearts 'Ribbon campaign' was born.
'Umbrella Hearts', came under the auspice of Hearts and Hands Community Development, to do what they could to end violence and abuse within our community. We believe violence and abuse in all its forms must be eliminated and should no longer be tolerated within our society or be hidden behind closed doors.
It is time for every individual to stand up and be counted, to stand up and say this illegal activity must STOP and we will no longer turn a blind eye or stay silent when a person is experiencing violence, or a child is being abused.
This awareness programme is unlike others (that emphasise a special day or month). Hearts and Hands ‘Umbrella Hearts' believes it needs every person, every day, to keep victims of violence and ALL children safe.
What can we do?
It is a simple thing to do, just wear the Umbrella Ribbon proudly and talk to others about why you wear it and your belief that victims of violence and children experiencing abuse of any kind is no longer accepted, that you, as one member of your community will stand up and be counted, you will no longer stay silent or turn a blind eye.
The Umbrella Hearts Project intends:
To raise awareness of violence & abuse occurring within our community
To encourage people to individually, take a stand against violence and abuse, and not be afraid to report it
To educate people to know how they can safely be involved in stamping out the violent and abusive crime occurring within our community
To encourage community to accept "it takes a community to raise a child"
Toensureitisuptoallofustocareforthesafetyofour children and others
To raise understanding that no child or person deserves to live in fear, poverty or being abused
To raise understanding that violence and abuse in all its forms is a criminal activity and should be treated as such
To eliminate violence and abuse from our community through community involvement, reporting, and refusal to stay silent.
To encourage community individuals to never turn a blind eye to violence or abuse of any kind nor unwillingly supporting it by their own inaction
To remove the stigma associated with 'dob-in' - these perpetrators are criminals within our society and need to be viewed that way, 'dob-in' a criminal is nothing to be ashamed of
To raise understanding and encourage, like the 'perpetrators abuse by choice' we need to choose to stand up against this illegal activity
To encourage support of victims while demanding appropriate penalties being handed down to these criminals by societal authorities
Raising understanding that it is NEVER the victim’s fault, it is solely the criminal perpetrators responsibility