Child Abuse Prevention Month

Know
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

April is Child Abuse Prevention month and we invite you to join our cause in taking action and raising awareness about how to protect children. We know you share the Y’s commitment to child safety. 

Stop by our branches during April to demonstrate your support. 
 

  • Pinwheel garden planting: Join us April 1 - 5  to plant a pinwheel to show your support child abuse prevention.
  • National Wear Blue Day: Wear blue on April 5 to highlight the connections that matter in your life. 

Stay informed about warning signs and unusual behavior and talk to your child about them. Talk with your child about their basic right to privacy. Encourage them to speak up if someone has made them uncomfortable. Together, we can develop three important habits that will help prevent abuse.

Throughout the month, we will focus on the three healthy habits that help prevent abuse.

KNOW.

Stay informed about warning signs and unusual behavior and talk to your child about them. Talk with your child about their basic right to privacy. Encourage them to speak up if someone has made them uncomfortable.

SEE.

Pay close attention to your children and the people in their lives, and your child’s day-to-day experiences. Watch for signs of abuse like an adult wanting to spend too much time with them.

RESPOND.

Be an Upstander and speak up by reporting any inappropriate or suspicious actions by YMCA staff or volunteers (or expressions of discomfort from your child) to the Executive Director of your local YMCA branch. Or, you can contact our confidential hotline at 919-719-9690.

Our commitment to children lasts more than the month of April. It can last a lifetime.