April Awareness Month…Heighten Your Awareness

April 1, 2011

As we begin this month of April of awareness we have several awarenesses that are dear and close to my heart.  Although I feel that every awareness should be recognized on a daily basis it’s great that we put aside specific months or days to bring much needed attention to important issues and topics.

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with awareness months, become educated, pro-active and pass every bit of information onto others – you never know who may just need a shoulder, a bit of information or help in other ways.

  • Child Abuse Prevention Month

Prevent Child Abuse America is committed to promoting legislation, policies and programs that help to prevent child abuse and neglect, support healthy childhood development, and strengthen families.

Child Sexual Assault Abuse

Darkness to Light is committed to Empower People/Adults to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse.  Our programs raise awareness of the prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse by educating adults about the steps they can take to prevent, recognize and react responsibility to the reality of child sexual abuse.

  • 1 in 4 girls will be sexually abused before she turns the age of 18
  • 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before the age of 18
  • More than 90% of abusers of children are people children know, love or trust.
  • There are more than 39% Million sexual abuse survivors in America.
  • More than 60% of pregnant teens have been sexually abused.
  • 20% of child sexual abuse victims are under the age of 8.
  • Most will never tell

 

  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) is a comprehensive collection and distribution center for information, research and emerging policy on sexual violence intervention and prevention. The NSVRC provides an extensive on-line library and customized technical assistance, as well as, coordinates National Sexual Assault Awareness Month initiatives.

Read more about the… National Sexual Violence Resource Center

  • National Poetry  Month

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools and poets around the country band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.

Frequently asked questions about NPM.

 

  • Autism Awareness Month

Improving the lives of all affected by autism. Autism Society of America (ASA) is the leading voice and resource of the entire autism community in education, advocacy, services, research and support. ASA, a chapter and member-based organization, is committed to meaningful participation and self-determination in all aspects of life for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. ASA accomplishes its ongoing mission through close collaboration with a successful network of chapters, members, supporters and organizations.

Read more about the… Autism Society of America

Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is dedicated to funding global research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effect on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. They are committed to raising the funds necessary to support these goals.

Increasing Awareness of Women of with Autism Spectrum Disrders

Sharon daVanport, the executive director of Autism Women’s Network, said that more clinicians and leaders in the autism community are recognizing that autism is not just a man’s diagnosis. She said men with autism might be more obvious than women, since even at a young age women are held to higher standards in behavior, and they try to meet those standards.

“Females are learning to pretend, we’re learning to mimic other people,” daVanport said. “We watch other people and how they talk, how they do things. And we become very good actresses, and because of that we tend to go unnoticed until we get older. Most females diagnosed on the autism spectrum, many are adults before they actually are detected.”

Read more about Autism Women’s Network

Take care and STAY SAFE!

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