(Atlantic) We continue our series on Child Abuse Prevention Month. The first story dealt with the warning sign. In the second story “Why we don’t Report,’ was covered and today we are going to talk about “Prevention takes everyone.”
“There are many ways that we can continue to step up as a community and childhood abuse is preventable,” stated Kristen Templeton is the facilitator for the Cass County Child Abuse Council. “It takes everyone working together to ensure that children are raised in a safe environment.”
“Some of the things we have talked about include positive modeling and behavior and showing the children what is expected of them,” said Templeton. “And recognize a risky situation and take action in that. For example if you notice someone is acting inappropriately towards a child, encouraging secrecy, and also extra touching or tickling and things like that which make us uncomfortable, it is important to stand up and say something.”
Templeton says set clear boundaries for those programs and know where to get help. You can report abuse by calling 800-362-2178, or contact your local law enforcement.
Next we will deal with the message of the pinwheel and activities’ that have been planned in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month.
April 4, 2013