While discussing the issue of child abuse can become uncomfortable, it is essential to the health of our community that we have an open dialogue surrounding the issue. As we kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, here are five things that can help every member of our community know more about child abuse and work to prevent it.
- Child abuse happens here. It can happen to our kids, our neighbors, our friends—regardless of age, gender, race or socioeconomic status. Last year, there were an estimated 35,000 calls for help to the Orange County Child Abuse Registry.
- It affects all of us. The long term societal effects of child abuse are staggering. Not only is child abuse a predecessor for increased criminality, depression, and other mental health concerns, but one-third of adults who were abused as kids will go on to abuse their own children.
- Child abuse is a generational cycle. Parenting behaviors and patterns are passed on from one generation to the next, putting our kids at risk.
- Child abuse is preventable. By working with families at risk of abuse and helping them replace negative parenting patterns with healthier behaviors, we can break the cycle of abuse that affects generations of children and families.
- You can make a difference. You can be an ambassador for protecting our kids. We all know that parenting is the hardest job anyone can ever have—so let’s help support each other and spread the knowledge that is vital to keeping kids safe.
We are all responsible for caring for our children. Our children deserve a brighter future, and by working together we can create a community where we make children’s health and safety a top priority.
Join the Fight Against Child Abuse!