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Child Abuse: A Resource to Foster Resilience

national child abuse prevention month

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

It’s National Child Abuse Prevention Month and “13-Foot Coffins” is a powerful and redemptive story of one child abuse survivor’s journey to overcome. This is a great resource for adolescent youth and young adults in continuing on the road to recovery and healing from abuse.

Born to a teenage mother, Jimmy spent most of his childhood years fatherless. But he went from one extreme to the other when his biological father returned and began a seven-year string of violent abuses.

At fourteen-years-old, Jimmy ran away over 1,000 miles across the country. He eventually landed in a juvenile detention center; a place that served as a spiritual boot camp for him to begin to learn how to face his giants with grace and courage.

Like the ancient Roman gladiators, we don’t get to choose the arenas we fight in, but we do get to choose how we will fight, and to what honor we will uphold. Pain, suffering, and injustice are often the catalysts that God uses to birth champions of His Cause.

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National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Building community. Building hope.

National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies and activities and promote prevention across the country.

Strong, nurturing communities that are supportive of families can get involved and play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect and promoting child and family well-being.

Find out more about how you can get involved in your community and get information about protective factors that help reduce child abuse and neglect, some established protective factors approaches, and how some State and local agencies are implementing protective factors approaches to create lasting change in how communities support families.