CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH
In 2012, an estimated 686,000 children were victims of abuse and neglect nationwide, and every day almost 5 children die as a result of child abuse. There is often a link between child abuse and domestic violence: In 50% of homes where domestic violence occurs, children are physically or sexually abused. Children who experience abuse are twice as like to abuse their own partners when they become adults and are more likely to suffer chronic illnesses and injuries, have shorter life expectancies, and engage in risky behavior. We all play a role in creating healthy families—you can start by getting to know your neighbors and volunteering to help with children’s activities in your community.
SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH
Forced or coerced sexual contact without consent can be committed by anyone, from intimate partners to strangers. In intimate partner relationships, approximately 7 million women in the U.S. are raped and/or physically assaulted. When someone is sexually abused by an intimate partner, he/she is more likely to suffer multiple incidences of rape and can experience longer-lasting trauma because they don’t tell anyone. Since most cases of sexual assault go unreported, it is important that we work together to break the silence and make it safe for survivors to seek help.
Denim Day: April 29, 2015
Peace Over Violence’s 15-year campaign was started in response to an Italian Supreme Court ruling that overturned a rape conviction. It was believed that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim.
VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION WEEK
President Richard Nixon established National Volunteer Week with an executive order in 1974, and each year the sitting U.S. President issues a presidential proclamation. Last year, President Obama commemorated National Volunteer Week by acknowledging the value of volunteers: “Through countless acts of kindness, generosity, and service, Americans recognize that we are all bound together—that we move this country forward by giving of ourselves to others and caring for those around us.” Take action and celebrate those who are making a difference: April 12-18, 2015