In Erie County, and throughout America, child abuse knows no boundaries. It reaches across all races, all lifestyles and all socioeconomic backgrounds. The Children’s Advocacy Center works diligently to minimize the effects of abuse — sexual, physical or emotional — on our area’s youngest crime victims.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Traditionally, April brings activities and programs designed to raise public awareness and understanding about the problem of child abuse in our community. During the current outbreak of COVID-19 and the mandated social distancing strategy, however, those activities have been curtailed. Yet the need for awareness is even more critical – stressful times often lead to an increased incidence of abuse.

We all play a role in keeping our children safe – in our homes, in our neighborhoods, in our communities. During this challenging situation, please take special care and be aware of the children around you.