April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and April 8 is World Day for Child Sexual Abuse Prevention, Healing, and Justice.
Each year, 7,500,000 children in the United States are affected by abuse. Five children die every day from child abuse, and 70 percent of all child fatalities were younger than three years old. The most important thing we can do to help children thrive is to support, educate, and come together as a community before they reach a crisis. We all need to do our part to prevent child abuse, and education is our best defense.
Child maltreatment, also known as child abuse, is not only physical abuse. It covers emotional and sexual abuse, neglect, trafficking, exploitation, shaken baby syndrome, and domestic violence.
This April is a time to raise awareness and empower our communities to effect positive change.