Members of the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) Social Work Department are celebrating Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month in April by putting Pinwheels for Prevention at the entry to their building at WCPSS Central Office to remind everyone about the need to protect all children.
The pinwheel is associated with whimsy and childlike notions. In essence, it has come to serve as a symbol of the great childhoods we want for all children.
Everyone has a responsibility to be a part of a community where children are safe. Strong, nurturing communities that are supportive of families promote child and family well-being. We all must work together to prevent child abuse and neglect.
Last year, there are 702,000 child victims of abuse and neglect. (That is a rate of 9.2 victims per 1,000 children in the U.S.)
3.2 Million cases of child abuse were investigated last year.
More than four children die every day as a result of child abuse.
Last year 1,580 children died from abuse and neglect in the U.S.
1 in 10 children are sexually abused.
Child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education.
It is estimated that between 50-60% of child fatalities due to maltreatment are not recorded as such on death certificates.
What can we do as an individual to help protect our children?
Be aware of the warning signs
Be someone a child can trust
Take action if you suspect a child is being abused and/or neglected. Report to Child Protective Services: 919-212-7990
Increase protective factors for children
Protective factors are conditions or attributes of individuals, families, communities, or the larger society that reduce or eliminate risk and promote healthy development and well-being of children and families. These factors help ensure that children and youth function well at home, in school, at work, and in the community, today and into adulthood. Protective factors also can serve as buffers, helping parents who might otherwise be at risk of abusing their children to find resources, supports, or coping strategies that allow them to parent effectively, even under stress.
Join us in advocating for children and helping raise awareness of the epidemic of child abuse and neglect in America. Together we can help children have healthier, happier, safer lives.