April 2019 is the 36th Anniversary of this national awareness month – April was first designated as Child Abuse Prevention Month by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. Historically, the month of April has been used to raise awareness of the problem of child abuse. Now the month of April is used to focus instead on how communities can prevent child abuse and neglect.
- Approximately 5 children die every day because of child abuse. 
- 1 out of 3 girls and 1 out of 5 boys will be sexually abused before they reach age 18. 
- In the United States, more than 4 children die from child abuse and neglect on a daily basis. Over 70% of these children are below the age of 3. 
- Boys (48.5%) and girls (51.2%) become victims at nearly the same rate. 
- 2.9 million cases of child abuse are reported every year in the United States. 
Make a Difference in Your Local Community
We all play a role in creating the safe, stable and nurturing relationships and environments that are central to the great childhoods that all children deserve. Help prevent child abuse this month and all year long by mentoring a child or parent, advocating for family friendly policies, or donating time or money to child-serving organizations.
You can also learn more about how you can help on Prevent Child Abuse America’s Child Abuse Prevention Month landing page. There you will find more information including ways you can mentor, examples of the family friendly policies, and ways to donate to child serving organizations.
Show Your Support
Show your support for Child Abuse Prevention Month on your social media profile by joining a Twibbon Campaign! Just follow the link to Twibbon, choose the social networks you want to update with your temporary social media badge, then share the campaign with your friends and family. You can help to keep the campaign going and spread the word about prevention as a solution to child abuse and neglect!
Keep Children Safe
Childwelfare.gov resources provide information to keep children safe and families strong in supportive communities: