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National Child Abuse Prevention Month

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Event Date: 
Monday, April 1, 2019 (All day) to Tuesday, April 30, 2019 (All day)

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:

Get Help or Report Abuse

 

Girl standing alone on the street.