April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Since 1983 Americans have recognized April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that communities rededicate themselves to being supportive of families, and playing an active role in preventing child abuse and neglect, as well as taking positive action to promote child and family well-being.

According to the National Children’s Alliance..

  • Nearly 700,000 children are abused in the United States each year.
  • Nearly 3.4 million children receive an investigation or alternative response from child protective services agencies each year.
  • Children in the first year of their life have the highest rate of victimization of 24.8 per 1,000 children in the national population of the same age.
  • Of the children who experienced maltreatment or abuse, three-quarters (74.8%) suffered neglect; 18.2% suffered physical abuse; and 8.5% suffered sexual abuse.
  • A parent of the child victim is the perpetrator in 77.5% of substantiated cases of child maltreatment.

Throughout the month of April, The Butler Radio network will air a series of Child Abuse Prevention Public Service Announcements.

Thanks to the following businesses for supporting our efforts to raise awareness.

Cammisa’s Autobody

Negley’s Bottled Water & Coffee Service

Dillon, McCandless, King, Coulter & Graham

Double Image Styling Salon

Lyndora Auto Sales

Mazzanti’s Beans & Cream

Nextier Bank

Grand Rental Station

Bill’s Interior Grooming

Joe Pierrel Auto

Fairground Market

Wesbanco

Down Range Supply

St. Wendelin School

Gwen Sciullo, Your local State Farm Agent

C.W. Howard Insurance Agency

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