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HOW TO RAISE AWARENESS OF CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT IN YOUR COMMUNITY

 We can all do our part to help prevent child abuse and neglect in our community. The following ideas are just starting points for planning activities and raising awareness to protect our children.  


 

EDUCATION IS KEY IN PREVENTING CHILD ABUSE. Do what you can to make information available to the children and parents in your community. 

  

Find like-minded individuals and form a group of advocates who are willing to work together and expose child abuse for the horrific crime that it is. It doesn’t matter how large or small your group is as long as you all are working together for the same cause.

  

Another very important factor you need to know to be successful in raising awareness is DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK. Reach out to anyone who will listen! It never hurts to ask.

 

IDEAS FOR RAISING AWARENESS

 

  • Fund Raisers (schools, walks, concerts, carnivals, etc.) –These events vary from low-key to high-key events depending on your goal and vision.
  • Hold a Blue Ribbon Campaign - Bring attention to child abuse prevention with t-shirts bearing an important message. See how many people in your school or organization you can get to wear these t-shirts. Wear a blue ribbon, place a blue ribbon on your car antenna, on your porch light, on a tree, or place a photo of a blue ribbon as your profile anywhere that the ribbon can be viewed by others. Ask your friends and family to do the same. 
  •  Plant a pinwheel garden to represent either of the following: 1) the number of children born in your city the previous year (this will signify hope that all children have the stable and loving relationships they need to thrive); 2) the number of substantiated cases by Child Protective Services in your city the previous year; 3) the number of child abuse related fatalities in your state the previous year; or 4) the number of children served by advocacy centers in your city for the previous year. You may consider planting your garden in your front yard, at a community event, in a park, or in front of City Hall - anywhere that the garden can gain attention.​​ 
  •  Plant a pinwheel garden to represent either of the following: 1) the number of children born in your city the previous year (this will signify hope that all children have the stable and loving relationships they need to thrive); 2) the number of substantiated cases by Child Protective Services in your city the previous year; 3) the number of child abuse related fatalities in your state the previous year; or 4) the number of children served by advocacy centers in your city for the previous year. You may consider planting your garden in your front yard, at a community event, in a park, or in front of City Hall - anywhere that the garden can gain attention.​​