My sophomore year of high school, 2006, another student came to me with the idea of starting our own group focused on spreading awareness about child abuse. I was obviously enthused about making a difference at our school and I am always getting involved in everything I can get my hands on. We came up with a name (because that seemed like the best first thing to do) and we decided on P.E.A.C.E. which stands for Protecting Every Abused Child Everywhere. It seemed like the perfect title for what we could never have imagined would create such great community support. Our ideas spread like wildfire and many other schools in our area wanted to add our program to their school. We had all been in some way affected by abuse. We wanted to focus others in the community about the different types of abuse and the effect it has on people. Encompassing as many points of view as we could, we discussed bullying, dating violence, rape, neglect, physical, mental, sexual, emotional, and verbal abuse in adults and children. We wanted to speak for the voices that could not speak for themselves. We started a day of silence on May 18, 2007. It centered on the fact that silence speaks louder than words and we all had a moment of reflection in the morning about people who have been hurt and how we can help. We have sold T-shirts and we held a Fundraiser night with a live band from our school and sold glow bracelets at our local quarry. You can find us on facebook http://apps.facebook.com/causes/4572 and myspace. We try to be the people to go to when people have questions about abuse, want help, want to help or want to get involved. Abuse is a very real situation. The numbers speak for themselves.