Crittenton Centers Wears Blue for Child Abuse Prevention Month
Hey there Crittenton family and friends! After a long month, we’ve finally reached April! We know life is still tough and hope you’re staying healthy and safe! Crittenton Centers is extremely grateful for the community’s donations allowing us to provide over 100 families with much-needed formula and diapers during this crisis through our curbside pickups. For more information on donating or to donate please visit our website.
Throughout this crisis, we find it important to highlight that April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Today we’ll go over important facts and ways to combat this issue. These issues are difficult to talk about, but they’re real and having this insight allows us to better prevent and challenge child abuse.
Here are seven statistics from healthychildren.org about child abuse and neglect
3 million cases of child abuse and neglect involving almost 5.5 million children are reported each year
Physical abuse is an act of physical harm to a child such as hitting, kicking, shaking, and burning
Verbal abuse is an act of verbally attacking a child through threats, blaming, and constant outbursts
More children are abused or neglected by a caregiver or someone they know than a stranger
Child neglect can include: physical neglect (failing to provide food, clothing, shelter, or other physical necessities), emotional neglect (failing to provide love, comfort, or affection), or medical neglect (failing to provide needed medical care)
If a child has experienced abuse or neglect, seek help as soon as possible, it is vital to their recovery to receive in order to heal and developmentally, physically, and emotionally
Major reasons for child abuse and neglect within the family often are caretaker’s feelings of isolation, stress, and frustration
In order to prevent these statistics it is necessary for parents and caretakers to pay close attention to their children. This can be observing how they interact with others around them, talking with them about their feelings, and being involved in their hobbies and activities. Sometimes, it means asking for a shoulder to lean on during tough times. This doesn’t mean a parent or caretaker is inadequate but is about making a smart choice when stressed, having difficulty with a child, or any other life circumstances.
Whether it’s through our Crisis Nursery, Family Services, or providing resources, Crittenton Centers believes asking for help is a sign of strength.
No matter the issue, please do not hesitate to reach out, we are more than willing to help. You can reach us at https://www.crittentoncenters.org/ or by call our Crisis Nursery Hotline at (309) 674-4125.
Once again, Crittenton Centers thanks all of our donors and volunteers for their support. Please make sure you’re taking care of yourself! Additionally, if you are able to donate to Crittenton please do so here. Until next time, bye everybody!
P.S. Don’t forget April 3 is #WEARBLUEDAY for Child Abuse Prevention so if you’re not wearing blue go change!