April is both National Child Abuse Prevention Month and National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. What better time to show your commitment to ending child sexual abuse (CSA)? Getting involved can be as simple as updating your social media statuses throughout the month with messages of awareness and prevention. Don’t know what to say? Here are some ideas:
- Nearly 70% of all reported sexual assaults occur to children under the age of 18. The good news is that we can prevent this. Learn the facts at www.D2L.org.
- “Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.” -Mr. Rogers. Be a hero for your children by protecting them from sexual abuse. www.d2l.org
- 93% of child sexual abuse victims are violated by someone they know and trust. What are you doing to protect the children you love? www.d2l.org/7Steps
- The innocence of a child is sacred. Children who experience sexual abuse lose that innocence forever. Protect them, and help them grow up healthy and whole. www.d2l.org/stewards
- 73% of kids don’t tell anyone about sexual abuse for at least a year. Do you know how to talk to your kids? www.d2l.org/talkingtips
- “A child is a curly, dimpled lunatic.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson. Keep yours safe. www.d2l.org/7Steps.
- “Every child needs a champion.” -Hillary Rodham Clinton. Learn how to be a champion for all children. www.d2l.org/Stewards
- Youth-serving organizations have a DUTY to protect the kids they work with. Kids should be able to learn, worship, and play without fear. www.d2l.org
- 450 thousand children are sexually abused each year. Make sure yours isn’t one. www.d2l.org/7Steps
- “Children are our greatest natural resource.” -Herbert Hoover. Protect our resources. www.d2l.org
- All kids need role models. Help yours develop healthy, safe relationships with older peers and adults. www.d2l.org
- 40% of child sexual abusers are older or larger children. Learn how to talk to kids about their peer-to-peer relationships. www.d2l.org/talkingtips
Regularly used Twitter hashtags include: #CSA, #stopCSA, #CSAprevention, #Darkness2Light, and #StewardsofChildren.
Another way to show support is to change your social media profile picture and/or cover picture to a CSA prevention-related message. You can use these that we put together, or anything that speaks to you!
One of the first steps to effective prevention of child sexual abuse is talking about it. Talk to your kids, talk to your organizations, talk to your friends – forewarned is forearmed!