Thursday, July 9, 2015

The Prevent Child Abuse America Strategic Plan is now available.

In 2014, we began a strategic planning process in order to map out the goals, objectives, and activities that would guide our organization over the next three years. This process resulted in a plan that better focuses our efforts and strategies toward our ultimate goal of creating a nation in which all children have great childhoods and in which no child is ever abused or neglected. You can find a copy of the plan here.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Join us at the National Sexual Assault Conference 2015!

Prevent Child Abuse America is sponsoring a mini-track on Preventing Child Sexual Abuse at the 2015 National Sexual Assault Conference in Los Angeles, CA September 2-4, 2015.

National experts Joan Tabachnick and Cordelia Anderson will present on The Pillars of Prevention, a call to action for public policy.

Jetta Bernier, Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse Massachusetts and the Enough Abuse Campaign will present a workshop with Sarah Vidrine from Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina on state level advocacy and leadership for child sexual abuse prevention.

The final workshop has Dr. Janet Rosenzweig, Vice President for Programs and Research at Prevent Child Abuse America and author of The Sex-Wise Parent describing the role of human sexuality education in child sexual violence prevention.  

To learn more about the conference please go here

Friday, May 29, 2015

Healthy Sexuality, a National Dialogue and Josh Duggar.

In response to the Josh Duggar story that has been in the media this week, we posted a brief statement titled "Healthy Sexuality, a National Dialogue and Josh Duggar." We hope you will take a look and let us know if you have any questions. We have also pasted an excerpt below. 

"As the details around the Josh Duggar story continue to make their way into the forum of public opinion, we would like to ask people to take a step back and pause for a moment.
Why is this?
Because the Josh Duggar story is a learning moment for everyone who believes that children deserve great childhoods, as well as a moment to discuss what we teach our children about healthy sexuality when we teach them about sex.
As the Duggar story reflects, parents must find the comfort, courage and resources to have an open dialogue with their children about sexuality.
And why is this? Because:
- If something goes wrong, as it did here, children need language and permission to be able to seek help. 
- Youngsters, especially boys, need to learn early that sexual arousal is an autonomic response – a reflex caused by a thought, a memory or a touch – and that experiencing arousal does not mean that they need to act on it.
- Unchecked curiosity about sexual anatomy can lead a child of either gender to “explore” other children. 
Once we know this, what else do we need to understand?"

Friday, May 22, 2015

Check it out: The current edition of our newsletter is live!

And you can learn more about our ongoing partnership with Chartwells, our recent trip to Washington, DC, what's happening with the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program, recent doings at the Pendleton Correctional Facility, Wabash Valley Correctional Facility and the Indiana Woman's Prison, and Connect the Dots here. So please do take a look and don't hesitate to let us know if you have any questions about any of this. Thanks!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Child Abuse Prevention Month comes to a close.

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As we end Child Abuse Prevention Month 2015, let's take a look back at the highlights made possible through the generous support of donors and partners just like you!
We kicked-off the month by unveiling our new logo featuring the pinwheel, demonstrating our commitment to this image that allows us to engage people in new ways.

We are officially the "pinwheel people!"

A Big Pinwheel Garden was held in Chicago between two elementary schools with hundreds of students, faculty and parents to further promote the pinwheel as the symbol for the great childhoods all children deserve. Headline speakers included Illinois First Lady Diana Rauner and Chicago Alderman Mary O'Connor.
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Six days later in Times Square in New York, we staged another Big Pinwheel Garden. This one headlined by Ginger Zee of "Good Morning America," New York Knicks legend John Starks and Cristina Cuomo, MANHATTAN magazine Editor in Chief.  Our thanks to Kappa Delta, Sigma Delta Tau, Modern Luxury Publishing, Chartwells and the General Federation of Women's Clubs for their support.

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And throughout April, Prevent Child Abuse America state chapters were active with pinwheels in a variety of ways, from pinwheels in front of the state capitol steps in Louisiana to a massive pinwheel garden at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Virginia to pinwheel cupcakes in Wyoming!

This is but a small sampling of the incredible creativity with which our chapters implement Pinwheels for Prevention each year. 
To learn more about what your state chapter did throughout April, find your state chapter on the map.

For more photos and videos of Child Abuse Prevention Month activities, check out our Facebook page and photo album!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Keep the Momentum Giving!

Have you seen any pinwheels?
They're everywhere!
Since 2008, the pinwheel has become the national symbol of child abuse and neglect prevention. During Child Abuse Prevention Month, we're asking that you be the wind and the force that makes the pinwheel move!
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All children deserve great childhoods because children are our future. Let's keep the momentum going.
You can be the force that keeps the pinwheel moving! Give today to ensure the healthy development of our nation's children.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A Celebration of Congress and a Push for More.

In response to the U.S. Senate passing a major piece of reform legislation known as the “doc fix,” which included language that would reauthorize funding for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) for two years at a level of $800 million we posted a brief statement titled "A Celebration of Congress and a Push for More." We hope you will take a look and let us know if you have any questions. We have also pasted an excerpt below. 

"Yesterday the U.S. Congress stepped up in a big way to pass legislation that can make a real difference in the lives of children and families and help promote great childhoods for children.
When the U.S. Senate passed a major piece of reform legislation known as the “doc fix,” they included language that would reauthorize funding for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) for two years at a level of $800 million. These funds programs like Healthy Families America that are proven to improve parent-child attachment and family self-sufficiency, and reduce incidences of child abuse and neglect. 
Congress could have easily ignored MIECHV and chosen to spend the money elsewhere. Instead, they prioritized children and the future of our country to fund a program that helps create equal opportunities for all children and families to succeed. 
While it may be coincidence that this happened in April which is Child Abuse Prevention month, it serves as a reminder of the importance of taking action today to make for a better  tomorrow, and that all of us play a role in the healthy development of our nation’s children.
'I applaud members of Congress for their tremendous work in passing this bill and securing funding for children,” said Jim Hmurovich, President & CEO, Prevent Child Abuse America. “They have set a true example for the rest of us to follow, not only during Child Abuse Prevention Month, but for the rest of the year as well.'”