April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

History of Child Abuse Prevention Month

Recognizing the alarming rate at which children continued to be abused and neglected and the need for innovative programs to prevent child abuse and assist parents and families affected by maltreatment, Congress resolved that the week of June 6-12, 1982, should be designated as the first National Child Abuse Prevention Week. They asked the President to issue a proclamation calling on Government agencies and the public to observe the week with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed that April was the first National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Since then, child abuse and neglect awareness activities have been promoted across the country during April each year.

The Kempe Foundation and The Kempe Center honor each April with Child Abuse Prevention Month activities and promotions.  We are committed to create awareness of child abuse and help put and end to it.

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