Join Our Cause to Protect Kids

Friday, April 13, 2018

Dear Parents,

April is Child Abuse Prevention month and we’re inviting you to join our cause in taking action and raising awareness about how to prevent child sexual abuse.

We know you share the Y’s commitment to child safety. Together, we can develop three important habits that will 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.

Show Your Support
The week of April 16 -20, stop by a YMCA branch to show your support for these efforts. You can sign a pledge, pick up a blue sticker to wear, and post a photo to social media with the hashtag #preventnow.

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

Thank you for your help in ensuring every child feels safe.

Kim Keith
Vice President of Youth Development
YMCA of the Triangle

Learn more how you can help us build safer communities.

Learn more about KNOW. SEE. RESPOND.