April is Child Abuse Prevention Month! Help Us Shine a Light on Child Abuse.

blueribbonApril is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Click here for President Obama’s official proclamation and inspiring words.

Together we can Shine the Light on child abuse and protect our community’s children. Our future is counting on it.

“How Can I Help?” 

Spread the Word. Raise Awareness.                                             

When you hear that every year in San Francisco thousands of children experience abuse and violence, you may feel overwhelmed and ask yourself, “What can one person do to help?”

You can do a lot.

The good news is that child abuse is preventable. Stories from adults abused as children reveal that the majority of cases are not reported to anyone. By getting the message out and learning how to talk about child abuse and its prevention, you can protect a child.

Join us in Shining the Light on Child Abuse. Here are five ways you can help during Child Abuse Prevention Month:    NewsletterImage

1. Talk to one person about child abuse and its prevention. Need help getting the conversation started? Check out our resources below with tips on how to keep kids safe and facts about child abuse.

2. Join us on the steps of San Francisco’s City Hall (Polk Street side — look for the blue balloons!) on Thursday, April 16th at 5:30 pm to Rock the Ribbon and commemorate Child Abuse Prevention Month. Dress in something blue, and wear a blue ribbon.  We are thrilled that Supervisors Breed, Cohen, Chief Probation Officer Nance, Deputy Chief of Staff Paul Henderson, and adult survivors of abuse, among other speakers, will talk with us at the event.

3. Post or send a message about San Francisco’s 5,200 cases of suspected child abuse, and help us reach 5,200 tweets.  Tweet and retweet “April is #ChildAbuse Preventionmonth! I #ShineTheLight against child abuse with @sfcapc!” and follow us @sfcapc.

4. Like us on Facebook. And change your profile picture to a blue ribbon in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

5. Support us at our 18th Annual Blue Ribbon Luncheon on Thursday, April 30th.

Resources for National Child Abuse Prevention Month:

The Super Ten Play-It-Safe Rules for Kids and Grownups

Playing the “What if…” Game

Tips on How not to be a Bystander to Abuse

Facts about Child Abuse