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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

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Parents play the biggest role in protecting their children.

The bishops of the United States are committed to their Promise to Protect, Pledge to Heal to parishes. Through the implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, dioceses have put in place effective policies for safeguarding the most vulnerable. Learn how you can take part in ensuring children and vulnerable adults are kept safe in your own communities and beyond with these three easy steps this April.

1) Pray

Prayer is the most important way you can help the Church most effectively offer healing to survivors of abuse, seek reconciliation with affected communities, and protect children.

2) Participate

  • Contact your diocesan safe environment coordinator to see how you can help train adults and children to prevent and report abuse. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children also has resources to help you train your children.

  • Take these steps to create a safe environment in your parish and at home.

  • Report abuse and its warning signs to your diocese and law enforcement. You can also report online threats and solicitations through the NCMEC CyberTipline

3) Promote

Christian joy does not arise on the fringes of reality, by ignoring it or acting as if it did not exist. Christian joy is born from a call - the same call that Saint Joseph received - to embrace and protect human life especially that of the holy innocents of our own day. Pope Francis, 28 December 2016, Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis to Bishops on the Feast of the Holy Innocents

Pope Francis accepts a hug from a girl as he arrives to celebrate Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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