April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. In observance of the month, Greenville Family Partnership (GFP) is partnering with Children’s Trust of South Carolina in raising awareness regarding the prevention of child abuse and neglect. April 6, 2018 is Wear Blue Day. We encourage all to participate and to post pictures of your blue with the hashtag #Good4SCkids. This month you may also see blue pinwheel gardens near around the upstate. GFP has theirs up at their office currently. Also check out our Facebook Page (Greenville Family Partnership) to learn more about how many are affected and what you can do to prevent child abuse.
In South Carolina 17,662 children have been neglected (60%) and physically (55%) and/or sexually (4%) abused. The effects of these Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) or traumas can often lead to substance use and addiction, mental illness, criminal behavior, and health problems that last well into adulthood.
“Now, that it has become widely studied and accepted that childhood trauma can affect an individual for a life-time,” said Carol Reeves, Executive Director of Greenville Family Partnership. “Maybe everyone in every community will work even harder to prevent trauma in the lives of our children. There are many resources to get help and enrichment in raising our children. Please reach out.”
About the Children’s Trust of South Carolina
The Children’s Trust of South Carolina is a statewide organization which strengthens families and leads communities to prevent child abuse, neglect, and injuries in South Carolina. For more information, please visit https://scchildren.org/about-us/.
About Greenville Family Partnership
Greenville Family Partnership is a non-profit, 501(c)3 community organization founded in 1984 promote youth, parents, and communities to have open and honest conversations about drugs and alcohol. For more information, call 864.467.4099 or visit our website at http://www.gfpdrugfree.org.