April is here!
This month The Coalition is spreading awareness for Sexual Assault and Child Abuse!
Child Abuse Awareness
This is a time to recognize the importance of communities and families working to prevent child abuse and to promote healthy family relationships. During the month of April, communities and organizations like The Coalition promote prevention of child abuse across the country.
On January 1974 President Nixon signed the first federal child protection legislation, Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA). “The legislation provided Federal assistance to States for prevention, identification, and treatment programs, it also created the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (now known as the office on Child Abuse and Neglect) within the Children’s Bureau to serve as a Federal focal point for CAPTA activities. Today CAPTA, most recently reauthorized in 2010, continues to provide minimum standards for child maltreatment definitions and support States’ prevention and intervention efforts” (childwelfare.gov). This year is the 40th anniversary of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act.
For more information about child abuse and a full timeline of events click on the link below
Sexual Assault Awareness
Sexual Assault is the most under-reported violent crime in the U.S. and only 46% of sexual assault cases have been reported in the last five years.
In the 1970’s, women in England had created a march called Take Back the Night to protest against sexual assault. The movement was extended to the United States in 1978 and the first Take Back the Night events were held in San Francisco and New York City. Later sexual assault awareness events and activities branched off to include awareness on sexual assault against men. In April 2001, Sexual Assault Awareness Month was first nationally recognized.
The Coalition is sponsoring a campaign this month called Consent is ______. We are encouraging our followers to print out this sign, write in what you think “consent is” and post it to Facebook or Twitter. Don’t forget to tag us! Twitter link and Facebook link. Help us spread awareness of sexual assault across the globe!
Print and cut out one of the slips below and write what you think of when you hear consent! Take a picture and post it to Facebook and/or Twitter! Make sure to tag us!
For more information on the history of sexual violence click the link below
For some facts about sexual violence click the link below
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