National Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month! Founded in 1983, this annual observance focuses on increasing awareness and providing education and support to families in an effort to prevent child abuse across the United States.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 1 in 4 children experiences some form of child abuse in their lifetime. Child abuse refers to the physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, or neglect of a child under the age of 18. According to CDC, there were 676,000 reported cases of child abuse in the United States in 2016.
Exposure to child abuse, neglect, and other adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can severely harm brain development and negatively impact the nervous and immune systems, leaving victims at risk for future unhealthy behaviors and negative health outcomes.
This year, educate yourself and your community about child abuse and prevention strategies that you can deploy locally.
Learn More and Get Involved:
- Create a customized web badge with your organizational logo and a message about STD Awareness Month using our award-winning Studio tool. It takes less than 5 minutes!
- Read our tip sheet to understand how ACEs can have implications for adolescent pregnancy prevention (APP) programs.
- Review the slides and recording from our webinar to identify links between trauma and adolescent sexual behavior and how to provide trauma-informed APP programs.
- Discover strategies to address child abuse in the CDC resource Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect: A Technical Package for Policy, Norm, and Programmatic Activities.
- Leverage these CDC policies and procedures to prevent child sexual abuse in your youth-serving organizations.
- Share this tip sheet with youth to help them spot child abuse and know how to respond if someone they know is in danger.
- Watch this video and learn how to prevent ACEs.
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