(MURFREESBORO) April is ‘Child Abuse Prevention’ Month, and Sharon De Boer, director of the Rutherford and Cannon County Child Advocacy Center, said, ‘A child is abused or neglected every 47 seconds in the United States. It is your business and your responsibility to protect children from abuse.”
In the state of Tennessee, everyone is a mandatory child abuse reporter. If we don’t report abuse, we miss the opportunity to help children who are suffering in silence. The Child Advocacy Center encourages you to report any suspicion of child abuse to the Department of Children’s Services at 1-877-237-0004.
President Ronald Reagan first proclaimed April National Child Abuse Prevention Month in 1983, a tradition that continues to this day. Congress recognized the increased rate of child abuse and neglect and pledged to implement solutions. Government entities and non-profit organizations have organized public awareness activities to promote healthy and strong families.
The Rutherford County Department of Children’s Services received 5,198 reports of child abuse from January through December 2021. Of those reports, 2,385 were serious cases that the child advocacy center and team child protection investigation prioritized and worked together. You can make a difference by helping raise awareness in April.
There are 6 opportunities for YOU to get involved in April!
Attend a Child Abuse Prevention Month event
join us for Cannon races for children April 2, 2022 in Woodbury or Hometown Heroes Walk for Kids 5K on April 29, 2022 in Murfreesboro to show your support for child abuse victims. For more information, visit the Child Advocacy Center website at https://cacrutherford.org/events.
Show your neighbors your support for child abuse victims
In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as a new national symbol for child abuse prevention. Scan the QR code to download a windmill coloring sheet for your kids to color and display in your window.
Post your support on social media
The color blue is a symbol of Child Abuse Prevention Month. Wear blue and post on social media that you are wearing blue to bring attention to Child Abuse Prevention Month. #WearBlue2022 National Children’s Alliance. Or post on social media using #ItsYourBusinessnationalchildrensalliance.org/iyb.
Sign up to receive newsletters
Sign up to cacrutherford.org to receive newsletters about the Child Advocacy Center’s “Five Days of Action”, a week-long campaign designed to raise awareness and inspire adults to “know, see and respond” to child abuse. children.
Involve your organization
Contact Carrie Norvell at the Child Advocacy Center to arrange a free Darkness to Light training on child sexual abuse prevention for your church, business, civic group or organization at (615) 867-9000 or [email protected]