April is an important month for the Moore Center. It’s Child Abuse Prevention Month, Sexual Assault Awareness Month and it’s when we hold our annual symposium, Child Sexual Abuse: A Public Health Perspective, on the campus of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
April was first declared Child Abuse Prevention Month by presidential proclamation in 1983. Since then, April has been a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse. According to the 2010 Child Maltreatment Report, the most common form of child abuse is neglect, followed by physical abuse and sexual abuse.
As early as 1976, Take Back the Night marches rallied women in organized protest against rape and sexual assault. Over time these events coordinated into a movement across the US and Europe. In 2009, President Obama proclaimed April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Across the country, organizations including college campuses are holding events designed to bring attention to this public health, human rights and social justice issue.
I believe that everyone has a right to a life free from violence. Raising awareness of issues that pertain to keeping children safe from harm is not only a critical component of our mission, but it’s also something I personally believe is important and have gladly spent my career working to do. I’m happy to see that many others feel as passionately as I do.
Learn more about the importance of prevention by attending our free symposium on Friday, April 17.