FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- April is National Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Month, and the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA is designating a week this month to raise awareness and understanding locally.

From April 24-28, the Y will host Five Days of Action for Child Abuse Prevention, a series of events and activities designed to inform the community about how to recognize, prevent and report child sexual abuse. This effort is part of the Y’s ongoing commitment to provide safe, enriching environments where children can learn, grown and thrive. 

According to a study of studies by Darkness to Light, about one in 10 children experiences the trauma of sexual abuse before age 18, typically at the hands of someone the child knows and trusts. Also, abuse happens to children of all ages, genders, races, faiths and socioeconomic classes. 

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“Child sexual abuse is a broad-based, too-common crime in our country today, but the good news is that it’s preventable,” said Kathy Barros, Senior Director of Child Care Services, Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA. “At the Y, we are fully committed to doing our part to protect kids from abuse in our community. With the Five Days of Action, we are asking others in the community to join us.”

Throughout the week at the Y, the following activities will include:

  • Planting a Pinwheel, the national symbol for child abuse prevention, to raise awareness
  • Taking a Pledge to Protect Children
  • Bagels and Awareness Meeting- Thursday, April 27, 8:30am (at the YMCA)

Throughout the year, the Y works to prevent abuse by working with Praesidium to keep our kids in our community safe and Darkness to Light to provide child abuse training to adults.

The Fanwood-Scotch Plains Y invites the community to visit its facility from April 24-28, or visit www.D2L.org to learn more about resources, training and opportunities to get involved with child-protection efforts.

The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. For information on membership or programs, or to request a schedule of classes, please call the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA at (908) 889-8880 or visit the Y’s website at www.fspymca.org.  Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.

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