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When Is Child Abuse Month

Child Abuse Month

The month of April has been designated as child abuse prevention month. During child abuse prevention month, individuals and organizations across the country take part in programs and activities in order to raise awareness about child abuse. In order to help stop child abuse, it is essential to increase public knowledge about the frequency of child abuse, as well as the causes and effects of abuse and neglect.

Organizations throughout the country take part in organizing events and fundraisers in order to benefit child abuse prevention. During child abuse prevention month it is very common for individuals to wear blue ribbons in memory of children who have died from child abuse or neglect. This tradition began with a grandmother in Virginia who wished to remember her grandson who was killed from exposure to child abuse. She tied a blue ribbon to her car antenna in order to raise awareness about abuse, as well as the necessity of developing effective methods to stop child abuse. Now, many people will be seen sporting a blue ribbon in April.

In the State of New York, the organization, Prevent Child Abuse New York, creates and distributes pinwheels during child abuse prevention month in order to increase awareness about physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect. The pinwheel is intended to symbolize the cheerful and lighthearted childhood that every child deserves.

This organization also hosts a variety of educational programs and events in order to teach people about the risk factors that increase the likelihood of abuse and effective ways to stop child abuse now. They have also established a Promises for Prevention campaign, in which they do not ask people to donate money, but instead to make promises to help stop child abuse now. An individual may choose to promise to help a parent by watching a child, therefore relieving some of the stress that a parent is facing.

Many organizations will distribute various pamphlets and brochures during Child Abuse Prevention month in order to help teach people about all of the aspects of child abuse and neglect, as well as successful methods to help stop child abuse now. Various community child abuse awareness activities are widespread during the month of April.

One method of raising awareness that is used in many states is a 5K run. These types of charity runs will often take place in popular areas of large towns so that people have no choice but to know that they are occurring. Many of these runs require an individual who chooses to participate to pay a registration fee and individuals may choose to help raise additional funds by having people sponsor them. The proceeds that are raised are usually donated to child abuse prevention programs.

A variety of similar techniques have been developed in order to increase public awareness about the severity of child abuse and neglect, as well as to help raise money for child abuse prevention programs. Child abuse is a horrific occurrence which requires national and international attention to stop it.

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