Child Abuse Prevention Month presents opportunities to promote child abuse prevention in a newsletter or newspaper article. This sample article may be modified for the intended audience.
Observing Child Abuse Prevention Month
Since 1983, when April was designated Child Abuse Prevention Month, communities across the country have used this month-long observance to increase awareness of child abuse and its prevention. It is a time when individuals, schools, businesses, hospitals, religious organizations, and social service agencies join forces in the battle against child abuse.
Child maltreatment is one of societyís oldest, most insidious problems. More than one million children are confirmed as victims of maltreatment every year, with three children dying each day as a result of abuse and neglect. Recognizing that everyone can participate in efforts to eliminate this serious threat to children, communities across the country are stepping forward to promote the message that child abuse can and must be prevented.
The National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse offers the following suggestions about ways to help prevent child maltreatment in your community.
Help parents in your community
Respond when you see abuse in public
Examine your own parenting practices
Report suspected abuse or neglect
Prevent Child Abuse America is a volunteer-based, not-for-profit organization, established in 1972. Visit www.preventchildabuse.org for more information about child abuse.
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