As we approach the midpoint of 2023, it’s a great time for self-reflection and growth. We reflect on how we can improve our life in mind, body, or spirit. However, it’s also an opportunity to focus on how we can improve our community and the lives of others.
One way to get involved is by taking action to prevent child abuse in our community. This can be a meaningful way to make a positive impact on the lives of those around you. Keep reading to learn four resolutions you can make to support our children.
1. Watch for Signs of Abuse!
Some signs of child abuse are more obvious than others. But sometimes, the signs might be confused for something else. Watch out for these signs and consider taking action if you notice them.
- Changes in behavior, including aggression, hostility, or anger
- Loss of interest in activities, sports, friends, or family
- Drop in school performance or attendance
- Problems with sleeping or bedwetting
- Unexplained or frequent injuries, or injuries that don’t fit the explanation
- Urinary tract infections or STDs
- Increased depression or anxiety
- Self-harm or attempted suicide
Learning to recognize the signs of abuse and be alert for unusual behavior in children is your goal.
2. Take Action and Report the Abuse!
If you suspect a child is being abused, your first reaction is probably anger. But fight the urge to lash out and make sure your response won’t further hurt the child. If you suspect abuse call local law enforcement at 9-1-1 or the Child Protective Services hotline at 1-800-252-5400 to make a report. Resolve to watch for signs of abuse and report any abusive behavior to the authorities.
3. Get Involved at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Hidalgo and Starr Counties!
There are many ways you can get involved in your community and prevent child abuse. This year, support the children of the Rio Grande Valley. Consider making a donation to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Hidalgo and Starr Counties or become a Sponsor of our annual Vinos Fundraiser! Together WE CAN stop the cycle of child abuse.