April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

 

The Archdiocese of Miami has robustly participated in the Unites States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People since its inception over 15 years ago and has been in compliance every year.  This can only happen with the dedication of pastors, principals, directors and coordinators of religious education, administration and staff in collaboration with parents and volunteers. 

Tips for Protecting Children and the Vulnerable

  • The residual effects of having been abused can last a lifetime. The sense of violation goes deep into a person’s psyche and feelings of anger, shame, hurt and betrayal can build long after the abuse has taken place.  Those who have been abused can heal, but it often takes time, therapy, and the support of loved ones.
  • Feeling heard leads toward healing. Relief from hurt and anger often comes when one feels heard, when one’s pain and concerns are taken seriously, and a victim/survivor’s appropriate sense of rage and indignation are acknowledged.

Florida Abuse Hotline:  1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873)

Archdiocese of Miami Victim’s Assistance Coordinator:  1-866-80-ABUSE (1-866-802-2873)