April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
Each year in April, the President of the United States issues a proclamation to announce National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the State of Florida participates in this campaign by promoting community involvement through State and local activities. We can all play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect and promoting child and family well-being.
Here are just a few ways to get involved:
Wear BLUE – The color blue is the shade for Child Abuse Prevention. Please support the cause and join all of us at Mary Lee’s House by wearing blue on April 7th.
Plant a Pinwheel – Pinwheels are the symbol for Child Abuse Prevention. Place a pinwheel in your yard, on your desk, or as your social media profile and show that you are committed to preventing Child Abuse in our community. Pinwheels are available at Mary Lee’s House for anyone interested!
Attend A Training – There are several educational opportunities available at Mary Lee’s House, which are a great way to gain knowledge and become an advocate. The Children’s Advocacy Center at Mary Lee’s House offers Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children training, a nationally recognized training for adults on the prevention of child sexual abuse. This educational event is significant for any person who has a child in their life – whether as a teacher, parent or caregiver, athletic coach, or volunteer. View upcoming trainings here. Mary Lee’s House is also excited to sponsor a Mandatory Reporter Training by the Department of Children and Families Abuse Hotline team. Florida is a mandatory reporter state, meaning that anyone who has knowledge of or a reasonable suspicion of abuse is required to report by contacting the Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE. For more information on these trainings, and how to report abuse, please click here.
Talk About It – Unfortunately, Child Abuse happens everyday in our community. By talking about it, we help others become aware and ask questions. It is through these conversations that we increase awareness and therefore prevention.