April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

ECAP Urges Awareness During National Child Abuse Prevention Month

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 5, 2021 /Christian Newswire/ — April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the Evangelical Council on Abuse Prevention (ECAP) seeks to bring awareness to the issue among churches, ministries, and Christian organizations across the evangelical landscape…

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7 thoughts on “April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month”

  1. Though it’s only for April, every day of the year should be Child Abuse Prevention Month.

    Trauma from unchecked child abuse/neglect typically results in the helpless child’s brain improperly developing. If allowed to continue for a prolonged period, it acts as his/her starting point into an adolescence and (in particular) an adulthood in which its brain uncontrollably releases potentially damaging levels of inflammation-promoting stress hormones and chemicals, even in non-stressful daily routines.

    In short, it can make every day an emotional/psychological ordeal, unless the mental turmoil is doused with some form of self-medicating.

    Meanwhile, general society perceives thus treats human procreative rights as though we’ll somehow, in blind anticipation, be innately inclined to sufficiently understand and appropriately nurture our children’s naturally developing minds and needs. I find that mentality — however widely practiced — wrong and needing re-evaluation, however unlikely that will ever happen.

    Proactive measures in order to avoid having to later reactively treat (often with tranquilizing medication) potentially serious and life-long symptoms caused by a dysfunctional environment, neglect and/or abuse. And if we’re to avoid the dreadedly invasive conventional reactive means of intervention—that of governmental forced removal of children from dysfunctional/abusive home environments—maybe we then should be willing to try an unconventional proactive means of preventing some future dysfunctional/abusive family situations. Child development science curriculum might be one way.

    I wonder how many instances there have been wherein immense long-term suffering by children of dysfunctional rearing might have been prevented had the parent(s) received, as high school students, some crucial parenting or child development education by way of mandatory curriculum? After all, dysfunctional and/or abusive parents, for example, may not have had the chance to be anything else due to their lack of such education and their own dysfunctional/abusive rearing as children.

    For decades, I’ve strongly felt that a psychologically and emotionally sound (as well as a physically healthy) future should be all children’s foremost right — especially considering the very troubled world into which they never asked to enter — and therefore child development science should be learned long before the average person has their first child.

    Also, mental health-care needs to generate as much societal concern — and government funding — as does physical health, even though psychological illness/dysfunction typically is not immediately visually observable.

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      1. If you’re referring to some form of high school Home Economics curriculum, I don’t think it’s anywhere near sufficient (at least not the very limited way I recall it) when it comes to child mind development, and I should emphasize ‘mind’.

        I would like to see secondary-high-school child-development science curriculum implemented, which ideally would include some psychology and neurodiversity lessons, albeit not overly complicated. It would be mandatory course material, however, and considerably more detailed than what’s already covered by the current basic home-economics (etcetera) classes, which typically is diaper changing, baby feeding and so forth. I believe the latter do not suffice, especially in contemporary times.

        In 2017, when I asked a teachers federation official over the phone whether there is any child development curriculum taught in any of B.C.’s school districts, he immediately replied there is not. When I asked the reason for its absence and whether it may be due to the subject matter being too controversial, he replied with a simple “Yes”. This strongly suggests there were/are philosophical thus political obstacles to teaching students such crucial life skills as nourishingly parenting one’s child’s developing mind.

        While such curriculum can sound invasive, especially to parents distrustful of the public education system, I sincerely believe it’s in future generations’ best interest.
        But when it comes to actually implementing curriculum through which students learn about a child’s developing mind, I doubt it will be seriously discussed by school-curriculum decision-makers any time soon.

        Nonetheless, I’m hoping that will change within the next decade.

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      2. Not Home Economics; cooking, sewing, etc. but an actual child-rearing class that was usually 1/2 year long and ILO Home EC. And the Govt official was right that you spoke with, in today’s society this would never get on any government-funded school curiculum.

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      3. I was taught in journalism and public relations college courses that a story or PR news release needed to let the reader know, typically in the lead sentence, why he/she should care about the subject matter—and more so find it sufficiently relevant to warrant reading on. It’s disheartening to find this vocational tool frequently utilized to persuade readers why they should care about the fundamental psychological health of their fellow human beings — but only in terms of publicly funded monetary investment and collective societal ‘costs to us later’ if we do nothing now to ensure young children are able to properly develop.

        Sadly, due to the common OIIIMOBY mindset (Only If It’s In My Own Back Yard), the prevailing collective attitude, however implicit or subconscious, basically follows: ‘Why should I care — I’m soundly raising my kid?’ or ‘What’s in it for me, the taxpayer, if I support child development education and health programs for the sake of others’ bad parenting?’

        Regardless of whether individually we’re doing a great job with our own developing children, however, we all have some degree of vested interest in every child receiving a psychologically sound start in life, considering that communally everyone is exposed (or at least potentially so) to every other parent’s handiwork. And this is from a purely self-serving perspective.

        I personally feel that the wellbeing of all children in general — and not just what other parents’ dysfunctional children will cost us as future criminals or costly cases of government care, etcetera — should be of great importance to us all. …
        While child development science curriculum may sound invasive, especially to traditionalist parents distrustful of the public education system, I really believe it’s in future generations’ best interests.

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      4. Not disagreeing just stating facts, In our “woke” and otherwise enlightened society folks will never tolerate this or any other program that would do some real good. Thanks for the discussion.

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