This month is national awareness month for something that sadly happens and that is Child Abuse. National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families (ABOUT, n.d.). Here is National Child Abuse Prevention Month journey throughout the years (ABOUT, n.d.) :
- 1974-The first Federal child protection legislation, CAPTA was signed by President Nixon on January 31, 1974 and marked the beginning of a new national response to the problem of child abuse and neglect.
- 1982-In 1982, Congress resolved that June 6-12 should be designated as the first National Child Abuse Prevention Week.
- 1983- President Reagan proclaimed April to be the first National Child Abuse Prevention Month
- 1989-The blue ribbon campaign is a memorial to children who have been affected by abuse and neglect.
- 2005-There was renewed commitment to make child abuse prevention a national priority.
Here are some very sad statistics about child abuse (Child Abuse Statistics, n.d.) :
- In 2015, an estimated 1,670 children died from abuse and neglect in the United States
- in 2015, Children’s Advocacy Centers around the country served more than 311,000 child victims of abuse, providing victim advocacy and support to these children and their families.
- Nearly 700,000 children are abused in the U.S annually.
- Of those alleged to have abused children, nearly a quarter were themselves children.
ABOUT. (n.d.). Retrieved April 03, 2017, from https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/preventionmonth/about/Child
Abuse Statistics. (n.d.). Retrieved April 03, 2017, from http://americanspcc.org/child-abuse-statistics/
Prevent Child Abuse. (2012). Retrieved April 03, 2017, from http://www.facesofchildabuse.org/blue-ribbon-movement.html