Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Month
In 1983, President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation designating April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Six years later, the color blue began to represent awareness of child abuse and neglect. In 1989, a grandmother from Virginia tied a blue ribbon on her car. She did this in memory of her grandson after he suffered fatal consequences of child maltreatment. This simple act alerted her community to the tragedy of child abuse. The color blue now reminds people why it is so crucial to prevent child abuse.
Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to raise awareness of our shared responsibility and inspire collective action, so children can lead their best lives.
Pinwheels for Prevention
Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the blue pinwheel as the national symbol for Child Abuse Prevention in 2008.
Every year, Idaho Children’s Trust Fund and organizations statewide spread the important message of awareness for the need to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect from ever happening in the first place. The theme of Child Abuse Prevention Month is “Pinwheels for Prevention.” The pinwheel represents what we want for all children: a happy, healthy, and carefree childhood.
“Together, we can prevent child abuse…because childhood lasts a lifetime” – Prevent Child Abuse America
WEAR BLUE EVERY TUESDAY IN APRIL TO SHOW SUPPORT
ALL MONTH LONG: Virtual Pinwheel Garden with PCAA! CLICK TO VISIT THE GARDEN!
Some simple ways to participate in Child Abuse Prevention Month:
- Display pinwheels, especially gardens of blue pinwheels
- Draft a letter to your elected officials emphasizing the need to invest in Idaho families and children
- Wear blue
- Draw a pinwheel and write a positive message using sidewalk chalk
- Post your support for Child Abuse Prevention month on social media, in a video, or a blog post
Click here for more creative ways to help raise awareness and promote happy, healthy childhoods.
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