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Preventing Child Abuse
The annual garden, in front of the Rappahannock United Way, represents victims of child abuse.
The group Prevent Child Abuse offers these tips:
- Be a nurturing parent.
Children need to know that they are special, loved and capable of following their dreams.
- Help a friend, neighbor or relative.
Being a parent isn’t easy. Offer a helping hand take care of the children, so the
parent(s) can rest or spend time together.
- Help yourself.
When the big and little problems of your everyday life pile up to the point you feel
overwhelmed and out of control – take time out. Don’t take it out on your kid.
- If your baby cries…
It can be frustrating to hear your baby cry. Learn what to do if your baby won’t stop
crying. Never shake a baby – shaking a child may result in severe injury or death.
- Get involved.
Ask your community leaders, clergy, library and schools to develop services to meet the
needs of healthy children and families.
- Help to develop parenting resources at your local library.
- Promote programs in school.
Teaching children, parents and teachers prevention strategies can help to keep children
- Monitor your child’s television and video viewing.
Watching violent films and TV programs can harm young children.
- Volunteer at a local child abuse prevention program.
For information about volunteer opportunities, call 1.800.CHILDREN.
- Report suspected abuse or neglect.
If you have reason to believe a child has been or may be harmed, call your local department of children and family services or you local police department.