Every month is Child Abuse Prevention Month at SCAN of Iredell
Support the efforts of Stop Child Abuse Now by attending Diva's Night Out
By AMY EISELE
We all have a role to play to ensure each child and every child has an equal opportunity to develop in a healthy manner to enjoy the benefits of a level playing field as they move toward adulthood. The increase in child homicides by a parent or caregiver this past year reaffirmed the importance for an organization like Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) to play the role we have been committed to for almost 30 years—to prevent the abuse and neglect of the children of North Carolina, including here in Iredell County.
While April was Child Abuse Prevention Month, this must be a year-round effort.
Every year we read and hear the horrific stories about what adults do or neglect to do to children, especially when they interface with domestic violence. However, these incidences also provide an opportunity to remind each of us that prevention is possible, and, it is the responsibility of each and every one of us to ensure it is realized.
Yet, there remain challenges. As we have seen during the past year, 24 children in North Carolina died at the hands of a parent or caregiver.In Iredell County, there were a total of 2,403 children reported abused and/or neglected in 2015. Some children and their families face toxic environments every day, environments that undermine the health and development of Iredell’s children.
This is the reason SCAN of Iredell will continue to do what it has done for 29 years: focus on prevention, encourage solutions and encourage everyone to take action on behalf of children and their families. We all have a role to play, and we want to thank you for your support during the last year.
To continue your support, please join us for Diva’s Night Out on Thursday, May 5, at the Statesville Civic Center and on Saturday, May 7, at Queen’s Landing to dance and enjoy the Catalinas. Both of these events offer and opportunity to have a good time and support SCAN and its programming.When our children and families receive the support from you, from SCAN and its programs, anything is possible.Please be there for and with us.
• Prevention efforts are more effective and less costly than treatment “after the fact”;
• Everyone has a role in preventing abuse and neglect;
• All parents need support at some time;
• Children have the right to stable, and nurturing environments;
• The abuse and neglect of children occurs across all socio-demographic groups;
• There is widespread misunderstanding about child abuse and neglect; and
• Please keep learning, keep sharing, and please walk with SCAN on this journey.
Amy Eisele is executive director of Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) of Iredell.