April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
Cases of child abuse and neglect are far too common within our communities. On average, more than five children die each day as a result of child abuse or neglect in the United States. There are over 6.2 million reports made of child abuse and neglect each year. Over 15 million children witness violence in their homes each year.
This is tragic. Across the nation, we need to take a stand. Failure to act to protect our children can result in serious harm or risk of harm, including physical or emotional harm, exploitation or death. Children are the some of the most vulnerable members of our society, mainly because of their dependence on others to get their needs met. And sadly, in the majority of abuse and neglect cases, the adults that children depend on are the ones responsible for abusing them.
The consequences of abuse and neglect can be profound and can last long into the child’s life cycle – and can result in passing it to the child’s children. However, once a child’s safety is assured, thriving after abuse is possible.
The Carlisle Police, Fire and Rescue Departments believe that every child has a right to a safe childhood free of violence. We believe they should be able to enjoy their childhood without fear of violence. The experience of child abuse and/or neglect infringes upon that right. It is our hope that the City of Carlisle will stand together and join forces in protecting our children and prevent abuse and neglect. If you believe a child is being abused or neglected, please contact the Carlisle Police Department or the Department of Human Services right away.
The symbol for National Child Abuse Prevention is a blue pinwheel. These are often displayed in yards, attached to homes, businesses or vehicles.