It Is Child Abuse Prevention Month & National Sexual Assault Awareness Month … Let’s Fight!
Child Abuse Prevention Month
Why is Preventing Child Abuse so Important?
1. Child abuse can be fatal. Each year, an average of three children a day are fatal victims of maltreatment. The vast majority of these children are under the age of one.
2. Child abuse stymies a child’s normal growth and development. The emotional and physical damage children suffer from abuse and neglect is extensive. Documented consequences of abuse include chronic health problems, cognitive and language disorders, and socio-emotional problems, such as low self-esteem. lack of trust. and poor relationships with adults and peers.
3. Child abuse victims often repeat the violent acts that they experienced on their own children. Although some victims can overcome the scars of their abuse. child abuse victims are six times more likely to become abusive parents than nonabused children are.
Child Abuse effects EVERYONE in a community. Find out more about how to prevent and help stop child abuse today!
Family Watchdog has compiled a list of resources for you to turn to when you feel you may need some help identifying the signs and symptoms of child abuse. We also have resources that can help direct you on who to contact and how to heal.
National US Child Abuse Hotline : (800) 422-2253
National Sexual Assult Awareness Month
Learn the facts – Sexual abuse is around all of us daily. And until we face the problem in the face, the issue is going to continue to grow.
Nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men are victims of rape.
But all of us are impacted by sexual violence. That’s because sexual violence affects communities and society — in addition to survivors and their loved ones. Because of this, it’s on all of us to help prevent it.
Sexual violence is a widespread problem! Sexual violence includes rape, incest, child sexual assault, ritual abuse, non-stranger rape, statutory rape, marital or partner rape, sexual exploitation, sexual contact, sexual harassment, exposure, and voyeurism. It is a crime typically motivated by the desire to control, humiliate, and/or harm — not by sexual desire.
Sexual violence violates a person’s trust and feelings of safety. It happens to people of all ages, races, genders, sexual orientations, religions, professions, incomes, and ethnicities.