April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. While not exactly widely known, the month gives child advocates a chance to raise awareness of a social ill that claims far too many victims.
Communities across the country have hosted programs to call attention to child abuse and encourage people to report incidents rather than to ignore them.
Likewise, U.S. dioceses have sponsored programs and provided information about the signs of abuse. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has prepared resources for dioceses with their programs.
Although less than two weeks remain in the month, there’s still a chance to get the word out. The USCCB packet has several useful resources, including prayer cards, a brochure identifying activities to help raise awareness and a poster.
Resources can be ordered online or downloaded.