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Child Abuse Prevention Month

by ETG Admin | Apr 06, 2016
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to bring awareness to the prevalence of child abuse in our community. As many as 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will experience sexual abuse before turning 18. But child abuse thrives in the dark, and continues only as long as it remains secret and hidden. By bringing awareness to the problem, Children’s Advocacy Centers in Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Fannin, Grayson, Hood, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Sommervell and Tarrant counties will equip adults to identify and report abuse, empower children to ask for help, and enable professionals to bring perpetrators to justice.

Local children’s advocacy centers seek to raise awareness of child abuse during April.

APRIL 6, 2016 – PLANO, TEXAS
— April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to bring awareness to the prevalence of child abuse in our community. As many as 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will experience sexual abuse before turning 18. But child abuse thrives in the dark, and continues only as long as it remains secret and hidden. By bringing awareness to the problem, Children’s Advocacy Centers in Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Fannin, Grayson, Hood, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Sommervell and Tarrant counties will equip adults to identify and report abuse, empower children to ask for help, and enable professionals to bring perpetrators to justice.

“Every voice raised for an abused child matters,” CACCC CEO Lynne McLean said. “Even simple actions, like posting something on Facebook or sending out a tweet can make a huge difference in raising awareness about child abuse. We encourage our entire community to get involved in protecting children and preventing abuse.”

Did you know?

  • 1,297 children were confirmed by CPS as victims of abuse or neglect in Collin County last year. Many more children were victimized in criminal law enforcement only cases.
  • Texas law requires anyone who suspects child abuse to report that suspicion to the Texas Child Abuse Hotline.
  • Children’s advocacy centers across North Texas provide services to thousands of abused children each year.

Here are some ways our community will stand up for children for Child Abuse Prevention Month:

April 8 – Show Your Blue Day – Organizations and corporations throughout our community are encouraged to wear blue in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

April 8 – Show Your Blue Night with the Allen Americans – Watch the Allen Americans take on the Evansville Iceman. The first 1,000 fans will receive a blue "Stand Up for Children" T-shirt so you can show your blue in support of abused children. A pregame-worn practice jersey will be auctioned at the end of the game with proceeds benefiting Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County. Tickets are available at allenamericans.com.

April 23 – Gala 2016 – Join Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County supporters at the Hilton Anatole, Dallas for the social event of the season benefiting abused and neglected Collin County children. Enjoy an incredible night of dining, dancing, live and silent auctions and Lexus car raffle and top it all off with the music of Creedence Clearwater Revisited. Tickets and tables are on sale now at caccollincounty.org/gala.

April 24 – Blue Sunday – This event provides an opportunity for faith communities to get involved by organizing a special offering to benefit Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County or by asking faith leaders to share a statistic or story during the service.

You can also stand up for children by sharing the realities of child abuse, organizing an awareness event, or contributing financial or volunteer support to bring hope, healing and justice to one of our most vulnerable populations.

We encourage you take action this month, share the realities of child abuse with a friend or organize an event to help raise awareness of this important issue. 

For more stories, statistics, participating organizations and information about how you can stand up for children during Child Abuse Prevention Month, visit caccollincounty.org/istandup.

ABOUT US

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization that provides safety, healing and justice to children victimized by abuse or neglect in Collin County. The Center works collaboratively with law enforcement and Child Protective Services to help children and their non-offending family members heal from the trauma of abuse. Since 1992, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County has offered free services to more than 50,000 abused and neglected children. To learn more, visit caccollincounty.org or call 972-633-6600.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Katy Seitzler
Community Relations Manager
kseitzler@caccollincounty.org

Direct: 972-663-6752
Cell: 214-663-9610

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