Child Abuse Prevention Month

Child Abuse Prevention Month

More than 2.5 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States annually with hundreds of deaths related to child abuse reported each year. Child abuse occurs through four primary categories: physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect.

Most runaways, adolescent prostitutes and teenage delinquent’s report having been victims of some form of child abuse, and it is reported that a majority of violent criminals suffered abuse, either physical and/or sexual as children.

Abuse robs children of the opportunity to develop healthy, trusting relationships with adults, contributes to low self-esteem, and impairs healthy psycho-social development.

We all have a role to play in the prevention of child abuse and neglect. You can be a partner in providing great childhoods for all children, whether by mentoring a child or parent, advocating for family friendly policies, or donating your time or money to child-serving organizations.

In honor of #NationalChildAbusePreventionMonth, America's Charities is celebrating the following agents of change who we are proud to call our members:

  • Boys Town: Since 1917, Boys Town’s has given thousands of at-risk children the love, support and education they need to succeed. When Boys Town saves a child, the positive effects ripple through the community, making greater progress for society as a whole. Click here to learn more about their work.
  • Prevent Child Abuse America: Founded in 1972, Prevent Child Abuse America is the oldest organization in the United States with the sole mission "to prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation's children." Learn what you can do to help support kids across the country — and around the corner — all year long.
  • The American Campaign for Prevention of Child Abuse and Family Violence: The American Campaign for Prevention of Child Abuse and Family Violence is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation founded in 1984 as the National Council on Child Abuse and Family Violence (www.NCCAFV.org). NCCAFV and its American Prevention Campaign provide violence prevention services each year that help thousands of children, spouses/partners (women and men), and the elderly who are physically, mentally and emotionally abused and vulnerable to family violence in the home. Learn more and get involved.
  • Youth For Tomorrow: Many of the children who come to YFT have been physically and sexually abused, abandoned by their families, struggle with anger management and display aggressive behavior. Founded by Hall of Fame Washington Redskins Coach Joe Gibbs 30 years ago, Youth For Tomorrow (YFT) is dedicated to providing children and families with the opportunity to focus their lives and develop the confidence, skills, intellectual ability, spiritual insight and moral integrity -- based on Godly principles -- resulting in positive changes to benefit the child, the family, the community, and the nation. Learn more

Throughout the month of April, we encourage you to:

  • Join us in raising awareness about child abuse prevention! Follow us on Twitter and Facebook as we share how our members’ specific programs provide access to books and encourage reading. 

  • Donate & raise money for these nonprofits. America's Charities is proud of the work our member charities do and proud to be their workplace giving partner. One of the most cost-efficient ways you can support these nonprofits is to donate to them via payroll deduction through your employer's workplace giving program (Don't have a program? Click here to have your employer contact our team.) Click on each charity's name above to learn more about their work, and to make a donation now!