Child Abuse Prevention & Awareness Month
April is National Child Abuse Prevention & Awareness Month. Great work is being done in our state but during this important time, we’re reminded that child abuse is just that…preventable. We all must work together to educate others about child abuse in our community.
How You Can Help
- Visit our Facebook and Twitter pages and share our statistics and stories with your community.
- Learn the facts at OnewithCourage.org.
- Participate in Show Your Blue Day on Friday, April 7. Post a photo of you or your friends or family wearing blue - or some other creative way to show some blue - on April 7 to join the movement.
- Get involved with your local children's advocacy center. Find your CAC here.
- Support CACTX's mission to restore the lives of abused children by supporting children’s advocacy centers (CACs) in partnership with local communities and agencies investigating and prosecuting child abuse. Donate today.
Know the Facts
- Abuse can happen to anyone. Whether it occurs at the hands of clergy, educators, coaches or even family members, most incidents of child sexual abuse are committed by people who know the child well. About one in 10 children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday, meaning, in our state, some 700,000 young Texans will be victimized.
- Abuse fosters fear and secrecy in victims. One of a sexual perpetrator’s greatest assets is the string of lies they use to control their victims. “No one will believe you.” “I will tell people it was your idea.” “If you tell, I will kill you or someone you love.“
- Abuse is rarely a one-time thing. Statistics indicate that people who are willing to sexually abuse a child won't limit themselves to a single incident. The likelihood of repeat offenses and “grooming” multiple victims is unfortunately high.
- Abuse’s impact can linger a lifetime without effective intervention. The average victim faces a laundry list of long-term adverse consequences ranging from adolescent pregnancies and eating disorders to substance abuse and time in the criminal justice systems (youth and adult). Fortunately, CACs offer evidence-based therapeutic services that have proven highly effective.
Did you know:
Out of 43,000 child victims served at a CAC in Texas last year, 26%
were not old enough to attend kindergarten.
Report Suspected Abuse
Call 1-800-252-5400 or 9-1-1