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April is Child Abuse Awareness Month

Every day, more than five children die as a result of child abuse. Many of these children are under the age of four. Child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education. That's why it's important we all work together to raise awareness of child abuse and what to watch for if it's suspected.

Some things to look for are:

  • Unkempt, unclean appearance
  • Acting out in school
  • Lying
  • Bodily injuries in unusual areas, like the back, face or legs
  • Child is vague about their injuries, or the injury appears suspicious

When a child tells you they are being abused or neglected, what should you do? First, listen to the child - don’t lead or pressure them into talking. Use children’s vocabulary, and reassure them that they are doing the right thing. Don’t promise not to tell others and report the case immediately.

For tips and more information about how you can help prevent child abuse and neglect, visit www.childwelfare.gov/preventing/preventionmonth. You can also call or email the Boys Town National Hotline® at 1-800-448-3000 or hotline@boystown.org.

For parenting advice and assistance, submit your questions online to one of our dedicated professionals.

Additional information on how to positively respond to challenging​ situations with your child can be found at Boys Town Parenting.

Together we can make a difference in the life of a child.