18th Wing recognizes National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month.

18th Wing recognizes National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month

by: Valerie Seitz, 18th Medical Group Family Advocacy outreach manager | .
published: March 29, 2013

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- This April marks the 29th annual National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month, a time dedicated to child abuse education, awareness and prevention activities.

According to National Child Abuse statistics, more than 3 million reports of child abuse are made every year in the United States.

In 2009, approximately 3.3 million child abuse reports and allegations were made involving an estimated 6 million children. According to general statistics retrieved from the United States Government Accountability Office, a report of child abuse is made every ten seconds and more than five children die every day as a result of child abuse.

The Kadena Family Advocacy staff would like to invite all members of Okinawa's military community to join in the fight against child abuse. During the month of April, the family advocacy clinic will be available to provide child abuse prevention briefings upon request, as well as have a variety of educational materials available to help educate base agencies, families and individuals on how to prevent child violence and neglect.

The Air Force needs strong, healthy families. The family advocacy program's goal is to help reduce the incidence of family violence and can help if violence or abuse does occur.

But the staff can't do it alone. The clinic is asking everyone to stop abuse and neglect by taking advantage of the family advocacy prevention services and other family support programs. The office offers a variety of information, seminars, workshops and counseling to help to deal with problems before they become overwhelming.

Child abuse prevention is everyone's responsibility. It hurts all. Team Kadena is encouraged to assist family advocacy in its efforts to put a stop to child abuse by taking advantage of information and briefings provided by the Kadena Family Advocacy program.

Participants can also show support and promote awareness by wearing the "blue ribbon," which is the national symbol for child abuse prevention. Family advocacy will have blue ribbons available throughout the month of April in an effort to raise awareness for preventing violence against children.

For more information please contact family advocacy at 634-0433.