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Child Abuse Prevention Virtual Healing Field®- NEC

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April 1April 30

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Colonial Flag Foundation launches 2nd Annual Virtual Healing Field® for the Prevention of Child Abuse!
Every Child Matters!

The Prevention of Child Abuse is the National Project of the National Exchange Club.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Colonial Flag Foundation has joined forces with the National Exchange Club Foundation to help end child abuse. Each year approximately 3 million children are reported as abused in the U.S. – sadly, that number is growing.

With the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic spreading around the world, identifying and rescuing abused children has become critical. Child abuse prevention needs support NOW more than ever. Abused children may not be identified since schools, churches and other community support locations are closed. They may be trapped with their abusers due to social distancing along with shelter in place that creates increased tensions and abuse.

Virtual Healing Field® Flag Display Program

Beginning on April 1st through April 30th, 2020 Colonial Flag Foundation along with its partner the National Exchange Club Foundation will launch a national effort against child abuse. The 2nd Annual Virtual Healing Field® Flag Display allows individuals across the country to stand together in a united effort against child abuse.

For a $10.00 donation, individuals, churches, businesses and organizations can post a flag on a Virtual Map dedicated to ending child abuse. Sponsored flags will be flown on our Virtual Map to raise funds while at the same time inspiring others and showing support in ending child abuse. Flags may be posted “in memory of” someone and may include a short bio or a short message.

Watch our virtual flag postings fill the virtual map as individuals, communities and organizations across this great nation unite to end child abuse.

About National Exchange Club Foundation

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Child Abuse Prevention is a National Project of the National Exchange Club to raise awareness for the magnitude of this tragedy while raising funds to develop and support programs to break the cycle of abuse.

This April, the impact of Prevention of Child Abuse has taken on an even greater meaning. With many parents, and other caretakers working from home or losing a job and homeschooling children, the added stress can increase the number of children at risk. When people are stressed, as many are this specific time of “shelter in place”, it intensifies the possibility of abuse. Right now, the National Exchange Club Parent Aide Model is even more essential.

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Signs of Abuse

Physical Abuse

Unexplained burns, cuts, bruises or welts, bite marks, swollen or tender limbs, long sleeves worn to hide injures, anti-social, behavior, problems in school and fear of adults.

Emotional Abuse

Depression
Hostility or stress
Eating Disorders
Apathy, hopelessness

Sexual Abuse

Inappropriate interest in or Knowledge of sexual acts, nightmares and bed wetting, soiling,  dramatic changes in appetite or behavior, over compliance or excessive aggression, fear of a particular person or family member and expression of suicidal thoughts or desires.

Neglect

Unsuitable clothing for weather
Dirty or un-bathed
Extreme hunger
Lack of parental supervision

Protect your child, every child

  • Participate in your child’s activities and get to know your child’s friends.
  • Teach children the differences between “good touches”, “bad touches” and  “confusing touches”
  • Be aware of changes in a child’s behavior or attitude, and inquire.
  • Listen when a child tells you he or she does not want to be with someone; find out why.
  • Be alert for any talk that reveals premature sexual understanding or knowledge.
  • Teach children what to do if they become separated from their parents while away from home.
  • Pay attention when someone shows greater than normal interest in your child.
  • Make certain your child’s school or day care center will release him/her to only you or someone you officially designate.
  • Teach your child the correct names of all their body parts.
  • Never discipline children when your anger is out of control.

How to respond to disclosure of child abuse

  • Remain Calm – A child may retract information or stop talking if he/she senses a strong reaction.
  • Believe the child – Children rarely make up stories about abuse.
  • Listen without passing judgment – Most children know their abusers and often have confused feelings.
  • Tell the child you are glad that he/she told someone.
  • Assure the child that the abuse is not his/her fault
  • Do what you can to make certain that the child is safe from further abuse.
  • Do not investigate yourself.  Call the police or local child protective services.

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Parents in need of talk support can call the National Parent Helpline at 1-855-427-2736 or the Child Help National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD. To report child abuse or neglect, contact law enforcement or child protective services in your county.

Supporting Families During COVID-19
https://childmind.org/coping-during-covid-19-resources-for-parents/

Types of Child Abuse:

  • Child Neglect
  • Physical Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Childhood Experiences
  • Shaken Baby Syndrome
  • Domestic Violence
  • Trafficking & Exploitation

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April 1
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