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April 2019: Child Abuse Prevention Month

Child Abuse Prevention Month in America is the annual observance dedicated to raising awareness and preventing child abuse. April is dedicated as national Child Abuse Prevention Month in recognition of the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse. Each year since 1983, the U.S. president and many state governors have issued proclamations to encourage public awareness and to recommit resources to the cause of prevention.

During April of every year since 2002, Voice of the Faithful® has raised public awareness that child abuse can be preventable when institutions, community programs, and systems are engaged and work together. Research has identified factors known to prevent and reduce child abuse and neglect, including the education of parents, children, and the community to raise awareness of prevention measures.

The U.S. Office on Child Abuse and Neglect (OCAN) within the Children's Bureau coordinates Child Abuse Prevention Month activities at the Federal level, providing information and releasing updated national statistics about child abuse and neglect. Many governors also issue proclamations to encourage initiatives and events in their states.

This April 2019, Voice of the Faithful restates our dedication to raise awareness that all must work together to prevent child abuse in our parishes, institutions, families, and communities. Voice of the Faithful advocates that parishioners be educated in abuse prevention through child abuse awareness training. Consider establishing or renewing a parish-level Safe Environment program or instituting a Safe Environment team that sets parish standards for what constitutes a safe environment in your parish, including building safety and codes of conduct for staff and volunteers.


Child Protection & Child Abuse Prevention Month Activities

Child protection is inherent in Voice of the Faithful's mission and goals. VOTF provides a number of resources to foster child protection and to help raise awareness during April, National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Click here to visit VOTF's Child Protection webpage where you will find information and links to these resources ...


Sample Intercessions for Child Abuse Prevention Month

(Courtesy of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' website)

We pray that God may grant those affected by abuse in any way the courage to tell their story and seek healing; that they may see a just and adequate response to the abuse they have experienced; and that they may encounter the presence of Christ in their dark moments as they deal with their trauma. We pray to the Lord ...

We pray that all Catholics who are scandalized, and reconsidering their affiliation with the Church, will remain rooted in Christ and advocate for justice for the survivors of abuse. We pray to the Lord…

We pray for those with disabilities, that by our witness to God’s love and through our service to his people, we may use our gifts to help bring about the kingdom of mercy and justice. We pray to the Lord ...

We pray for nations and government leaders, that they may be effective in achieving peace and defending the rights of all, especially children and the most vulnerable. We pray to the Lord ...

We pray that bishops, church leaders, and the faithful will promote justice and healing for victims and survivors of abuse; that those who commit sexual abuse and abuse their power will be held accountable; and that we will commit to protect the most vulnerable in our communities. We pray to the Lord ...

We pray for the pope and for the college of bishops around the world, at this time of crisis and conversion, that they may lead the church to a deeper faith in God and a stronger love of others. We pray to the Lord ...