We Need to Take Action.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: BEN TANZER
(W): 312-663-3520 X823
We Need to Take Action.
CHICAGO, IL, April 1, 2013 – We all say that children are our priority, that they deserve to be happy and healthy, and live in stable, loving homes. We also say that they are our future. Even more, when asked we say that we know child abuse and neglect is a serious problem, in fact research shows that 90% of the public continually asserts this.
Still, child abuse and neglect persists.
It’s true that child abuse has been shown to be on the decline, but this trend is confused by ever-changing reporting laws and inconsistent data collection from state to state and community to community.
Equally as important, there is no national vision or plan for children, all children, and their families. Nor are there any benchmarks which would allow us to know whether we are even successful enhancing child and family well-being.
Yet we say that children are our future.
In truth, we know more than ever what to do to prevent child abuse and neglect, sexual abuse, and abusive head trauma.
But we need to take action. All adults, and all communities, must and can play a role in prevention. Neighbors can offer to babysit one another’s children to help reduce the stress, frustration and isolation so many parents experience. People can contact the local media and ask why they don’t talk about the prevention programming, such as home visiting, that already exists across the nation. Or, they can ask policymakers and corporate leaders what their plan is for America’s children and families.
We believe that we all need to take action, year-round, but we also know that we need to somewhere to start, so why not April as we mark Child Abuse Prevention Month, as we have since 1983?
During April you are going to see pinwheels spinning across (STATE), standing for the action someone took on behalf of children and families. Pinwheels are the new symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention in the U.S., with more than 650,000 distributed across the nation in 2012 as part of the Pinwheels for Prevention® campaign, and more than three million since April 2008.
The pinwheels also serve to build a community of citizens who support the prevention of child abuse and neglect, and we want people from all walks of life – business and faith leaders, coaches and teachers, parents and neighbors – to be part of that community.
We all need to be on the same page when it comes to children and families. And we need a plan. Because if we believe that children truly are our future, then we need to act now, not next month, or next year, but now.
Please join us.
To learn more please visit www.pinwheelsforprevention.org.
ABOUT PREVENT CHILD ABUSE AMERICA
Prevent Child Abuse America, founded in 1972 in Chicago, works to ensure the healthy development of children nationwide. The organization promotes that vision through a network of chapters in 50 states and 581 Healthy Families America home visitation sites in 41 states, all the territories, Puerto Rico and Canada. A major organizational focus is to advocate for the existence of a national policy framework and strategy for children and families while promoting evidence-based practices that prevent abuse and neglect from ever occurring. To learn more about what we’re doing to prevent child abuse and neglect and how you can help, please visit our websites, preventchildabuse.org and healthyfamiliesamerica.org.