Do you know what you can help bring awareness to this month? April has many opportunities for you to use your voice and platforms. Join with us this month as we help raise awareness about child abuse prevention, victims’ rights, and sexual assault. We’ve compiled some resources that will equip you to share with your community. Check out how you can engage with the resources and links below!
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month | This month, individuals, families, and communities can recognize their role and work together to prevent child abuse and neglect. According to a 2017 report, about 674,000 children were identified as victims of child abuse or neglect by child protective service agencies. Take time to learn the facts and review existing resources, including the 2019 Prevention Resource Guide, Tip Sheets, resources for prevention, and ways you can spread the word. Check out the proclamations from the White House and other states that bring awareness and help educate. Learn how to prevent child abuse and neglect before it begins in your community so that children can thrive!
Child Advocacy Centers | Child Advocacy Centers operate nationwide as a response to child sexual abuse. The Multidisciplinary Team Model pulls together professionals from law enforcement, criminal justice, child protective services, and medical and mental health organizations to form one coordinated team. Learn more about the prevention and intervention services that are offered and share with others.
April 7th – 13th is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week | The Office for Victims of Crime encourages individuals and communities to raise awareness of victims’ rights and services. The theme this year is “Honoring our past. Creating hope for the future.” Videos, artwork, how to create a campaign, and more are all available to help you spread awareness, support survivors, and educate your community.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month | According to a 2015 study, more than 1 in 3 women and nearly 1 in 4 men have experienced sexual violence involving physical contact in their lifetime. Become educated and share information about sexual violence prevention with your community. RAIIN has put together resources and information to help you bring awareness throughout the month. To learn more about the intersection of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking, review the webinar offered by HEAL Trafficking.
Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to view the most recent resources, action items, and news. Check out the human trafficking resources and information on our website, sign up for Engage Together® communications to get monthly resources of existing efforts sent right to your inbox, earn your Human Trafficking Awareness Badge through our new Justice U™ initiative and get equipped to increase your impact, or subscribe to an Engage Together® Toolkit Plus membership for many examples of existing national and local identification efforts.