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Apr 8, 2024

In April, our nation observes National Child Abuse Prevention Month —a time when we acknowledge, discuss, and find solutions for unimaginable crimes against children. It is estimated that more than 600,000 children are mistreated in the United States each year, either sexually, physically, emotionally, or by neglect, with neglect being the most prevalent. We must be diligent in our observations, looking for signs such as unexplainable injuries, disruptive behavior, fear of going home, or malnourishment. We must be vigilant, having heightened awareness and, most importantly, the courage to inform authorities immediately if we have a suspicion or knowledge of abuse or neglect. All of God’s children are infinitely valuable, and are to be loved, respected and treasured.