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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
What is National Child Abuse Prevention Month?
Once upon a time, in 1983, the U.S. Senate designated April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, with the goal of raising awareness about child abuse and encouraging individuals and communities to take action to prevent it. This observance quickly gained momentum and became a vital tool in the fight against child abuse and neglect.
Fast forward to Osan Air Base in South Korea, where a community of service members, families, and civilians come together to support each other and their children. This community (including the entire Pyeongtaek area) is committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment for all children, and National Child Abuse Prevention Month is an important reminder of that commitment.
At Osan Air Base, there are many ways to raise awareness about child abuse prevention. Families and individuals can participate in events and activities that promote positive parenting and healthy relationships, such as parenting classes and family fun days. The base also provides resources and support to families in need, including counseling services and referrals to community organizations or local counseling centers such as Integrated Counseling Services.
One creative way to remind the community of the importance of National Child Abuse Prevention Month is through a mural project. Families and individuals can come together to create a colorful and inspiring mural that celebrates the beauty and resilience of children, and highlights the importance of protecting them from harm. This mural can service as a daily reminder of the community’s commitment to preventing child abuse and neglect, and can inspire others to take action as well.
Ultimately, National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to come together as a community and renew our commitment to protecting and supporting all children. In the Pyeongtaek and Songtan areas, this commitment is woven into the fabric of daily life, and is a testament to the strength and resilience of the human spirit.
Minsu Kim, PhD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist (US)
Mental Health Clinical Psychologist 1st Class (Korea)