According to the Child Help Foundation, every year more than 3.6 million referrals are made to child protection agencies involving more than 6.6 million children in the U.S. A report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds. In 2014, state agencies found an estimated 700,000 victims of child abuse, enough to pack 10 football stadiums.
Since 1983, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has dedicated April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, when communities should rededicate themselves to being supportive of families, and play an active role in preventing child abuse and neglect as well as taking positive action to promote child and family well being.
Click here to learn the signs of child abuse and what to do if you suspect abuse is taking place. And visit the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to learn how the church is protecting children today. Every child is worth the effort.