Affecting children of all ages and from all walks of life, child abuse is a nationwide issue happening right here in our local community. According to Child Abuse Prevention Services, every year approximately 900,000 children are found to have been abused or neglected across the United States. 5,000 of those children live on Long Island, and of those 5,000 cases, 800 are reported as incidents of child sexual abuse.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and is a time dedicated to promoting the holistic well-being of families as well as acknowledging the importance of individuals, families, and communities who work together to prevent child abuse and neglect. It’s all about education, collaboration, and determination.
As part of Child Abuse Prevention Month, individuals are encouraged to #goBlue to spread awareness of this wide-spread problem and to educate the community on how to prevent it. Staff from our Child Advocacy Center (CAC) in Central Islip spearheaded EAC Network’s #goBlue campaign by inviting all EAC Network employees as well as the community at large to wear blue on April 26. While the CAC works year-round to not only prevent child abuse and neglect, but also to directly treat child victims specifically in Suffolk County, staff from across all of our locations joined the #goBlue movement to show solidarity.
To learn more about the CAC, click here.
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Alena Jones is the Director of Development & Marketing for EAC Network. She graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in English.