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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Every April, child and youth serving organizations, including jesus-with-kids-small
Catholic Dioceses, participate in Child Abuse Prevention Month to highlight the importance of protecting minors.
We encourage you to participate with us throughout the month. 

Below are some opportunities to participate in Child Abuse Prevention Month, and some resources that can be used in your own local diocese, parish, and/or school.


Rosary for Healing and Protection, Friday, April 6th at 2pm ET
Pray a Rosary to Our Lady with special intentions for victims/survivors of abuse and the defense of the vulnerable. A Rosary prayed in the USCCB Chapel will be streamed live on the USCCB Facebook and Twitter pages.
Holy Mass with Special Intentions for Victims/Survivors and the Protection of Minors, Thursday, April 12th at noon ET
Dioceses are encouraged to celebrate a local Mass with special intentions for victims/survivors of abuse and the protection of minors.  At the USCCB, Most. Rev. Mario Eduardo Dorsonville-Rodríguez, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington, will preside.
Call to Prayer, Friday, April 13th
Dedicate Friday, April 13th to prayer and sacrifice for the intention: "We pray that God may grant those affected by abuse in any way the courage to tell their story and seek healing." More about the Call to Prayer is available at
Additional Resources
Hang these victim outreach posters in your parish or schoolShare these brochures with your parish or schoolPost and share these images on social media or in your parish bulletins
Contact your diocesan Safe Environment Coordinator to learn more about what your own diocese is doing throughout the month.

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