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April is National Recognizing Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is set aside for recognizing child abuse prevention month. Throughout the month organizations such as mine are aiming to raise awareness about the importance of building strong partnerships between families, communities, and organizations to prevent child abuse. This month also emphasizes the need for early intervention and support for families to ensure the well-being of children. Families can't do this alone. They need communities to work with them, to help them understand the importance of positive parenting practices, provide support for families who are in need, and advocate for policies that prioritize children's well-being. This is also the month when the role of individuals in reporting suspected child abuse or neglect and seeking help for those affected is promoted. All of these are things that I wish had happened in my life as a child because, as an adult, I can see the difference they would have made.

Why should you participate in this month's events?

Everyone in the community has a role in ensuring that children have positive experiences as they’re growing up and that families have the necessary resources well before they’re in crisis. Child abuse is preventable, and every community benefits when children and families are well supported. By preventing child abuse and neglect our goal is to improve the lives of all families and the communities they live in.

Preventing child abuse and neglect not only improves the well-being of children and families, but it also has long-term positive effects on society. By working together during recognizing child abuse prevention month and investing in prevention efforts, we can reduce the need for costly interventions and services later on. For instance, I myself am dependent on social services for the remainder of my life because of how badly damaged I've been left by the abuse I endured as a child.

How can you join in on recognizing child abuse prevention month?

Some of the ways to join in on recognizing child abuse prevention month include sharing information about child abuse prevention on social media, participating in virtual events and fundraisers, and donating to organizations that work towards preventing child abuse and supporting families in need. It's important to remember that everyone can play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect, even during these challenging times of physical distancing.

There are also some important dates that we should all remember throughout this month:

  • Wednesday, April 19 is Prevent Child Abuse America’s nationwide Digital Advocacy Day. On this day you're encouraged to contact your legislators to tell them that you support family-friendly policies (e.g., paid sick leave, family leave). These small actions help reduce stress on parents and caregivers - something that'll make a big impact in the fight against child abuse and neglect not only throughout recognizing child abuse prevention month, but every month throughout the year. As a child abuse survivor, I know that if my parents weren't so “stressed out,” things would have been different for me. So, let's all do our part to create a safer and healthier environment for children and families."

  • Follow organizations like @HealingFamilyTraumaPittsburgh and other organizations who are fighting against child abuse. Use hashtags like #GrowingBetterTogether and #CAPMonth to signify your support to help children, families, and entire communities to thrive not just throughout the recognizing child abuse prevention month but also in the days and years to come.

  • By wearing blue on Fridays throughout the month of April, we can show our support for child abuse prevention and raise awareness about the issue. While you're at it, why not post a photo of yourself on social media using the #WearBlueDay2023 hashtag?

Will you be joining in on recognizing child abuse prevention month?

Let's spread awareness and encourage others to take action by sharing information about child abuse prevention on social media using the hashtags #GrowingBetterTogether and #CAPMonth. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of children and families.

April is set aside for recognizing Child Abuse Prevention Month and at Healing Family Trauma Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA I'm working towards raising awareness about the importance of preventing child abuse and providing support to families affected by trauma. Through my efforts, I hope to create a safer and healthier environment for children to grow up in.

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