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Spring Reminds Us of Hope to Prevent Child Abuse

Photograph of April Nadional Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is a very special month for many American families and children. It is chosen to commemorate National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a tradition dating back to 1983 when, under President Ronald Reagan, public attention was established as a national interest and necessity.

It is extremely critical and essential that adults ensure that children are protected from those who want to take away their childhood and leave wounds that will mark them for life, conditioning their physical and emotional well-being.

Many are not aware of this date, so it is necessary to work together so that more and more people remember the month of April. It should be recognized not only as the month of spring, a season that reminds us of a new hopeful beginning, but also as a reminder of all children who are victims of abuse and a call to continue fighting for healthy and happy childhoods.

To make the problem visible in a loving and child-friendly way, blue and silver pinwheels are used to decorate spaces. They are a characteristic sign of the innocence and happiness of childhood but also used to represent the children who suffered abuse.

Throughout the month, community efforts and entities come together to create new initiatives, strengthen the tools that provide support to children and their family environment, and run awareness campaigns for the prevention of child abuse. The most important thing is to prevent it before it happens.

Today, more than ever, after the alarming statistics of violence and the onslaught on our children, it is urgent to join forces among all of us and rebuild the national commitment to face this enormous challenge and protect them. It is the responsibility of adults to ensure that the most vulnerable continue to keep their smiles and joy, as they are the future.

We invite you to view “Things you can do to Prevent Child Abuse” provided by the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families on our Stop Child Abuse website.

The numbers are truly disturbing. The Children's Bureau reported that in 2021, the United States had nearly 590,000 victims of child abuse, and an estimated 1,820 children lost their lives to this crime.

This bar chart displays essential statistical data as percentages, highlighting the prevalence of neglect and its impact on children's well-being.

Unfortunately, the Internet Watch Foundation's (IWF) 2021 Report for the United States places it as the country that hosts the most child sexual abuse content in the world, with 21% of the total URLs counted.

While there are no easy solutions to combat this widespread crime, it's crucial to remember that our collective commitment, unwavering dedication, and the courage of those striving for a better world can make a difference. A future characterized by peace, love, happiness, and opportunity is within our grasp, but the responsibility lies with us. The time for action is now.

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There are many ways you can get involved and make a difference to prevent child abuse. Take action and choose what works best for you.

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