April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
Apr 23, 2019
The stats are alarming. Too many children, especially young children, are affected by child abuse each and every day in our country.
A common phrase in the world today is ‘if you see something, say something.’ If you notice something that is out of the ordinary, a change in a child’s demeanor or behavior, of if a child says something has happened to them or you have a gut feeling that something is not right, ask the question. If you don’t feel comfortable asking the question talk to someone who can: a teacher, coach, principal, family friend, therapist etc.
A big question though is how can we, as a community, or I, as an individual, do something to prevent child abuse from happening? Creating a supportive community for families to be a part of is key. Kids who have a safe place to play with other kids, having enough food, having a roof over their head and being taken care of medically are all components to building a supportive community. As a community – we can make activities accessible and safe for all families and provide resources to help families in need. As individuals we can reach out and get to know our neighbors, participate in local children’s events in the area or local schools. We can create new social opportunities for families to meet one another and build their supportive network of other parents. We can all do something to move towards having supportive communities all around us.
If you or someone you know, has been abused FamilyMeans is here to help. Our trained clinicians can help children, teens and adults work through their unique experiences so they can continue to thrive. Call and set up an appointment today!
Written by Erin Rowlson, LMFT, FamilyMeans Clinical Director