5 Days of Action: National Child Abuse Prevention Month

News | Mary Anne Swanstrom | April 16, 2018

Heart of the Valley YMCA is marking Child Abuse Prevention Month with Five Days of Action, April 16-20, 2018. Leading up to Healthy Kids Day®–a national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids–Five Days of Action focuses on preventing child sexual abuse by sharing tips on how adults can step up and speak out to prevent child sexual abuse.

During April and all year long, Heart of the Valley YMCA encourages adults and organizations in the community to play a vital role in making North Alabama a safer place for children. By encouraging adults to step up and speak out, we can bring awareness to the issue of child sexual abuse in our communities and foster conversations around how we can all work together to prevent it from happening.

“Protecting children from sexual abuse must be the number one goal of every person who cares about the health and well-being of kids,” said Jerry Courtney, President/CEO of Heart of the Valley YMCA.

“Together, we can stand up to demand that children are protected and speak out to encourage adults to make it happen in our community. It takes all of us.”

Healthy Kids Day will be April 21 from 9 am to 12 pm at the Hogan Family YMCA in Madison and the Southeast Family YMCA in Huntsville. It is free and open to the public.

Heart of the Valley YMCA and the YMCA Guardians for Child Protection, with support from YMCA of the USA, Darkness to Light, the Redwoods Group Foundation, and Praesidium have made materials available to help adults learn more about preventing child sexual abuse.

For more information about preventing child sexual abuse visit www.fivedaysofaction.org.

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