10 Ways to Prevent Child Abuse

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10 Ways to Prevent Child Abuse

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Our blog will feature prevention efforts locally and nationally, starting with 10 ways to prevent child abuse in our own communities:

  1. Play. This one seems simple enough, but can be the first thing to get lost in days full of chaos.  Spending time together as a family will strengthen your relationships.
  2. Keep learning. Take an active role in developing your parenting skills.  Check out blogs, forums, and books to expand your resources.  Your child(ren) will grow and you’ll need to grow with them.
  3. Vote. Politicians- federally and locally- encounter legislation everyday that affects the well being and safety of children.  Be an informed and active voter.  You influence the environment in which kids learn, play, and live.
  4. Be a CASA volunteer. These advocates spend time with children who are already victims.  By helping them into safe, permanent homes, the cycle of violence can be broken.  These children are less likely to grow up to become abusers. Find your local CASA agency.
  5. Participate in parenting groups.  By having a supportive circle of other parents, you can share in the struggles and joys of parenting.  You are offered an outlet to brainstorm ways to create healthy families.
  6. Be involved in child abuse prevention efforts…  There are many prevention organizations and initiatives out there.  By becoming an active member, or even an occasional participant, you help further their mission.  Your $15 entry fee to a 10k race benefiting their program makes a real difference.
  7. …and then tell somebody about it.  Picture this: you’re heading out the front door and your neighbor asks what your plans are. You tell them you’re dropping off a silent auction item for the charity’s fundraiser.  Or volunteering in a gardening project on-site.  Or you’re headed to a lobby day.  If your neighbor hadn’t thought about child abuse prevention before, they will now.
  8. Two words: social media. For better or for worse, individuals have the power to share information to a lot of people all at once.  Read an article with startling statistics about child abuse? Tweet it.  Like this blog? Post a link on your Facebook.  See a community event designed to strengthen families? Pin it to your “Around Town” board on Pinterest.
  9. Seek help.  About 30% of abusers report being abused as a child.  If you have had the terrible experience of suffering abuse, please consider seeing a counselor or therapist.  You deserve healing, and talking to a trained professional tends to be a great place to start.
  10. Report child abuse. You can’t change abuse that has already happened but you can prevent it from happening again.  The more people a child has on his/her side, the better.  Find the information for your state.