Child abuse prevention organizations and advocates across
the country are tapping community leaders, media personalities, and citizens to
raise awareness this April which is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This
year, the National Tie One to End Child Abuse is April 22nd. Participants are asked to don an ugly or
outlandish tie or scarf for a day to raise awareness that there is 'nothing
uglier than child abuse.' Photos can be submitted to the www.TieOne.org website to be included in
the online gallery and shared via social media with the hashtags: #tieone
#stopchildabuse and #ChildAbusePreventionMonth.
has one of the worst records for United
abuse among industrialized nations.
We cannot change this
without raising awareness and
people to be part of the solution.
According the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the United States has one of the worst rates of child abuse among industrialized nations; on average five children die every day from abuse and neglect. The Center for Disease Control has estimated that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys experience sexual abuse.
The Tie One to End Child Abuse Campaign is an effort to unite abuse prevention organizations, advocates, community leaders, and citizens to start thinking, talking, and acting to prevent abuse. Headline partners for this collaboration include: The Mama Bear Effect, Sparks of Hope, Dreamcatchers for Abused Children, Enough Abuse Campaign, and
"Closing our eyes to the abuse of one child is unacceptable," says Adrianne Simeone, founder of The Mama Bear Effect, "and for the hundreds of thousands of children suffering in our country we have to wonder where our priorities lie if we won't do more to protect our most vulnerable citizens. Children have a right to a safe and nurturing childhood, and it is our responsibility to protect that right."
Mayors, governors, and businesses across the country are pledging their participation to increase awareness for child abuse in America, as well as the West Coast Sheriff's 17th Annual Child Abuse & Family Violence Prevention Summit which will be promoting the campaign to nearly 1,000 attendees.
Joining The Partnership
Tie One To End Child Abuse will be accepting rolling applications from other nonprofit and advocacy groups to raise awareness and take the opportunity to raise awareness on a national level by impacting individual communities on the ground level.
For More on the Headline Partners:
The Mama Bear Effect: www.TheMamaBearEffect.org
Sparks of Hope: www.SparksofHope.org
Dreamcatchers for Abused Children: www.DreamcatchersForAbusedChildren.org
Enough Abuse Campaign: http://www.EnoughAbuse.org
Say it, Survivor: www.SayitSurvivor.orgSOURCE The Mama Bear Effect, used with permission for press release