Across the nation, communities have been sponsoring events large and small to raise awareness of child abuse and recognize that April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
There are over 100,000 reports of child abuse each year in North Carolina alone.
Child abuse can take the form of actual violence, sexual assault, psychological volleys or neglect.
Anyone who suspects that a child is being abused should report the suspected abuse and let trained investigators make the final call.
Ceremonies honor child advocates and child victims.
Florida hosted its first Faith Leader Prevention and Permanency Roundtable, attracting forty leading spiritual leaders from around the state.
In Virginia, children created a pinwheel garden.
Everywhere, literature and programs are distributed to educate communities about local resources available to victims and families.
Read more in
- this Asheville [NC] Citizen Times article: Child abuse prevention focus of month’s events
- this Decatur [IL] Herald Review article: Cherish the Children event speaker urges action to prevent child abuse
- this Tallahassee [FL] WCTV CBS news article: Faith Leaders Focus On Child Abuse Prevention And Adoption Initiatives
- this Northern Virginia Daily news article: Pinwheel garden draws attention to abuse