From Tracie: Get Involved In Sexual Assault Awareness And Child Abuse Prevention Month - April 2014

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Get Involved In Sexual Assault Awareness And Child Abuse Prevention Month - April 2014

Here are some numbers:

A sexual assault occurs every two minutes in the United States. That is approximately 237,868 victims each year.

A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds in the United States, and more than four children die every day as a result of abuse.

1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually assaulted before they turn 18 years old. I am one of those girls.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention month. Abuse and sexual assault are serious epidemics, in this country, and across the world.

The most important thing you can do in April is speak out.

Tell your stories - write about it on your blog, speak about it at a church or community event, share your story with friends and family. (If you want to share your story in a safe, anonymous way, you can submit it to Band Back Together.)

Share blog posts and articles where other people are telling their stories.

Share prevention and awareness materials.

Change your picture on facebook. Tweet.

Talk to your kids and teens about sexual assault and abuse.

Sexual Assault Awareness

In the 1980's, April was selected as the month for Sexual Assault Awareness Week. In 2001, teal became the official color for sexual assault awareness, and the first Sexual Assault Awareness Month was observed nationally.

Get Involved In Sexual Assault Awareness in 2014:

Child Abuse Prevention

In 1983, April was the proclaimed the first official Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Blue Ribbon Campaign began in 1989.

Get Involved In Child Abuse Prevention in 2014:

It is important to remember that not all child abuse is sexual, and not all child abuse is violent.

What is happening in your area?
Please leave links or info in the comments about anything you are participating in for sexual assault awareness or child abuse prevention. I will be updating this post throughout the month.


If you have been the victim of sexual assault and need help, or you want to help a loved one, you can contact RAINN or call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE.

If you suspect that a child is being abused, or if you are a child or teen who is being abused, you can contact Child Help or call the National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-4-A-CHILD.


  1. I am one of those lucky people who has never been affected by these issues but that doesn't mean I don't think they are bloody important issues

  2. I am so incredibly proud of you Tracie for giving voices to those little ones. You definitely have my support. xoxo

  3. The group where I am an assistant administrator on facebook called Abuse Survivors and Victims United, we sold t-shirts that said Help Stop Child Abuse with a silhouette of a baby, then it reads As Me How...We sold not as many as we thought we would and were disappointed in the sales, but all monies go towards, women and children who are escaping a abusive situation, and need an emergency place to stay, need money for a phone call etc.

  4. I am really glad I found this post through the Spirituality newspaper that also includes one of my posts through twitter. I have posted your blog on my FB page to encourage my friends to take action. Thank you!