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Child Abuse Prevention Month

Date: February 26, 2013 Categories: Blog

Child Abuse Prevention Month
The Jefferson Children’s Advocacy Center (JCAC) is busy preparing for Child Abuse Prevention Month in April. To confront the epidemic of child abuse, the JCAC will be distributing pinwheels in collaboration with Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana (PCAL), a chapter of Prevent Child Abuse (PCA) America.
Pinwheels for Prevention” is PCA America’s campaign, which began in 2008, to promote prevention through community action and targeted policy changes. Since the campaign’s inception, over 2.3 million pinwheels have been distributed. Pinwheels were chosen to represent this effort because they are a “positive and loving symbol of childhood.” The Pinwheels for Prevention campaign highlights the need for children to be raised in safe, healthy environments, which will to lead to advancements for our whole society.
Child abuse and neglect prevention is important for several reasons. First of all, we are morally obligated to ensure that every child is raised in a safe environment free from abuse and neglect. Furthermore, remaining dormant while this epidemic persists will continue to be detrimental to our economy. According to results of research conducted by Prevent Child Abuse America, effective child abuse and neglect prevention strategies can save taxpayers $80 billion a year. Conversely, not implementing prevention measures leads to increases in spending on “foster care services, hospitalization, mental health treatment, and law enforcement, as well as loss of individual productivity and expenditures related to chronic health problems, special education, and the justice system.”
To plant pinwheels at your home, work-site, religious institution, community organization, or other place of interest, please contact the Jefferson Children’s Advocacy Center at 504-364-3857. Let’s work together to prevent child abuse in Jefferson Parish!