UNION — April is Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention Month and USC Union is holding a special event today to help promote public awareness of child abuse and the need to prevent it.
In a statement released Monday, USC Union announced that it will hold “Pinwheels For Prevention” today at 11 a.m. The event, which will take place in front of the campus, is being hosted by Miss USC Union Lauren Mullis.
The press release states that “everyone is invited to put pinwheels in front of USC Union.” It further states that the event is “open to faculty and staff, students, and (the) community.”
According to the Child Welfare Information Gateway website (www.childwelfare.gov), “National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies and activities and promote prevention across the country.”
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network website (nctsn.org) states that “April was first declared Child Abuse Prevention Month by presidential proclamation in 1983. Since then, April has been a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse. In Child Maltreatment 2014 (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children’s Bureau) it was reported that in FFY 2014 in the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, an estimated 646,261 children were victims of child abuse or neglect; and 1,580 children died as a result of abuse or neglect. The majority of child abuse cases stemmed from situations and conditions that can be preventable when community programs and systems are engaged and supportive. A community that cares about early childhood development, parental support, and maternal mental health, for instance, is more likely to foster nurturing families and healthy children.”
For more information about Pinwheels For Prevention call the USC Union Office of Development/Public Relations at 864-424-8055.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.