//Help Prevent Child Abuse This April

Help Prevent Child Abuse This April

Child Abuse Prevention Month is observed every year in the United States and is dedicated to raising awareness and preventing child abuse and neglect. Nearly 700,000 children in the United States are experiencing abuse every year. HCWC remains dedicated to ending violence in our communities and serves children through our children’s advocacy center, Roxanne’s House, which provides crucial services to children who need them. HCWC’s child advocates and prevention educators work year-round raising awareness about the dynamics of child abuse and promoting steps to prevent child abuse in our community.

Preventing Abuse

The first step to preventing child abuse is recognizing that it is a serious and pervasive problem in the communities we live; for example, 1 out of 3 girls and 1 out of 5 boys will be sexually abused before they reach age 18. We can end child abuse by learning how to recognize signs of abuse, supporting those who have experienced abuse, knowing local mandated reporting laws, promoting positive parenting skills, and supporting Child Advocacy Centers like Roxanne’s House.

Child abuse is a difficult topic but we hope through open dialogue, education, and awareness; together we can prevent child abuse and end violence in our communities.

Believing Kids

If a child tells you they have been abused, it is important to believe them. It can be difficult to hear that a child we care about has been abused, and it can even more difficult to hear that an adult or another child we may also care about is the person abusing them. It is rare for a child to lie about abuse and there is often pressure on children to keep the abuse a secret. Telling someone takes courage and shows trust. It is important to respond calmly with care and concern, and report the abuse to the appropriate agency. Read more about how to respond when a child tells you about abuse.

2020-04-02T16:26:15+00:00By |

About the Author:

Megan is a native Texan. She graduated from Texas State University with a Master’s degree in Health Education, and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. Megan resides in San Marcos, TX with her husband and three children. She is passionate about education and working with young people. She strongly believes in social justice and ending violence. Megan works as a prevention educator at HCWC where she engages youth and facilitates discussions in the community promoting gender equality, advocacy, consent, and healthy relationships. She enjoys research, watching movies, playing roller derby, and drinking coffee.

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