April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Hope For Youth recognizes this month as a crucial time to raise awareness among the community and the families we serve. It is our mission that through raising consciousness we can continue to keep children safe from maltreatment and abuse. We each have the opportunity to play a role in recognizing the importance of promoting safety and the well-being of children and families throughout our communities.
We honor our commitment to National Child Abuse Prevention Month by displaying Pinwheels throughout our agency representing happy and healthy childhoods. For more information on Pinwheels for Prevention please visit www.preventchildabuseny.org.
National Child Abuse Prevention was originally designated as a Prevention Week in 1982. However, Congress altered the resolution to a month-long awareness period allowing the time for enhanced resources and programs. Every year National Child Abuse Prevention is declared as an official event allowing the community to share facts pertaining to child abuse. For instance, as many as two-thirds of the people in treatment for drug abuse reported being abused or neglected as children. Additionally, children who experience child abuse and neglect are about 9 times more likely to become involved in criminal activity.
For more facts on National Child Abuse Prevention Month and the HFY awareness campaign please visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HFYNY.