October is Child Abuse Prevention Month – Bashaw Star

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October marks Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Central Alberta Child Advocacy Center (CACAC) invites all Albertans to recognize this month and help raise awareness of the growing issues they see daily.

In Canada, it has been reported that as many as 1 in 3 Canadians have experienced some form of child abuse.

Since opening in late 2017, CACAC has supported over 2,000 children and youth in Central Alberta, serving 91 communities and counting. So far in 2022, they have triaged nearly 400 children and families and see an increase in online exploitation.

“Each year the community becomes more involved in what we do here at CACAC, and we couldn’t be happier to see it. But in many ways, we’re just getting started. The need for comprehensive services, forensic interviews, court preparation and getting the help these children need is increasing every day,” said CEO Mark Jones.

“We see it in our schools, we see it in rural communities and we see it at all economic levels. That’s why, in October, we’re encouraging schools and businesses to get involved by going blue to raise awareness of our cause. The more people understand the problem, the more we can move from reactive to preventive responses – and it all starts with awareness. »

Child Abuse Prevention Month is observed across Alberta, and other provincial child advocacy centers are also seeking to raise awareness in their respective jurisdictions.

“This is the fourth year CACAC has run the #GoBlueAB initiative, and this year we’re looking to make a blue wave across central Alberta! By using the #GoBlueAb hashtag and tagging the CACAC (@CentralABCAC on most platforms), we can foster a major online movement that raises awareness,” said Dylan Rambow, communications coordinator for CACAC.

On October 24, people are encouraged to wear blue and join the movement against child abuse in central Alberta.

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