NEWTON, NJ - Sussex County Children’s Advocacy Center, Ginnie’s House, is asking all Mayors and Councils as well as the Board of Chosen Freeholders of Sussex County to issue a proclamation declaring April to be Child Abuse Prevention Month. 

In 1983, President Ronald Regan designated April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Since that time, more and more communities nationwide have recognized that child abuse prevention is the best defense for our children.  “The ripples of child abuse affect everyone – child, family, school, community.  We must continue to bring attention to this issue, for only by openly discussing its existence, can we hope to eliminate it” said Virginia N. Littell, Chairman of the Board. 

The Adverse Childhood Experiences study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention contains compelling statistics indicating that early childhood abuse can significantly increase the likelihood of later mental health issues, addiction behavior, risk of intimate partner violence, poor health-related quality of life, and obesity – to list a few.

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“The costs to our children and community of child abuse are too high for us to remain silent.  We see our elected officials as ideally positioned to take a leadership role on this issue.” said Rhona Beadle, Executive Director.  As proclamations are issued, Ginnie’s House will display them on their web-site. 

For more information, visit www.ginnieshouse.org or contact Rhona Beadle at 973-579-0770 or rhona@ginnieshouse.org

Sussex County Children’s Advocacy Center, Ginnie’s House is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing a child-friendly environment where children in Sussex County are helped through coordinated efforts of child protection, law enforcement and prosecution, healthcare and mental health agencies when child abuse is suspected, disclosed or reported.  The agency also provides information on child abuse and its prevention.