The Merrimack Valley YMCA is marking Child Abuse Prevention Month with Five Days of Action, April 22-26, 2019. In addition to Healthy Kids Days®–a national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids–Five Days of Action focuses on preventing child abuse by sharing tips on how adults can prevent child abuse.
During April and all year long, the Merrimack Valley YMCA encourages adults and organizations in the community to play a vital role in making the Merrimack Valley a safer place for children. This year’s Five Days of Action theme is “Know. See. Respond.” When adults know how abuse happens, see the warning signs, and respond quickly to prevent abuse, they foster a culture of child abuse prevention. Together, we can bring awareness to the issue of child sexual abuse in our communities and have important 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 Anne Whalen, Executive Director of Camping Services at the Merrimack Valley YMCA. “Together, we can stand up to demand that children are protected and encourage adults to make it happen in our community. It takes all of us.”
The Merrimack Valley YMCA will have information available on this important initiative during our Healthy Kids Day activities, which are scheduled to take place at the Andover/North Andover YMCA from April 14-20th, at the Lawrence YMCA on April 20th, and Methuen YMCA on April 27th.
The Merrimack 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 or the Child Protection and Resources page on our website.
Materials are derived from YMCA of the USA’s “Know. See. Respond.” copyrighted in 2019.