April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Throughout the month of April, Bivona Child Advocacy Center joins the National Children’s Alliance, their member agencies, and supporters across the country to bring attention to the prevalence of child abuse, as well as means of intervention and prevention. Past studies have shown a lack of awareness of the issue of child abuse in the greater Rochester community, with many believing it to not be an issue in their communities, but rather something that happens elsewhere. As new stories and cases continue to appear at an alarming rate, it’s obvious that it does happen here — in our communities — and we need to do something about it. Here are a few ways you can learn more and take action this month.

2019 Child Abuse Prevention Month Calendar

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We have some events planned throughout the month to raise awareness about our effort to end child abuse. One great resource to learn about ways you can get involved is available below with our Child Abuse Prevention Month Calendar. Download, print it, read it, share it! 

Download a color PDF

Download a B&W PDF

Sunday, April 7 — Sunday Study Hall: Click here for a short list of movies & documentaries to help you learn more about child abuse.

Wednesday, April 10 — Talking to Kids about Body Safety and Consent

Sunday, April 14 — Sunday Study Hall: Click here for a short list of books — a mix of novels, manuals, and more — to help you learn more about child abuse.

Host a Donate to Dress Down day at your office!

We’re partnering with local companies in a “Donate to Dress Down” day during the month of April. This is a day where employees donate to Bivona Child Advocacy Center so that they may wear jeans or other “dress down” clothes for the day(s). We want our partners to be able to tailor this initiative to their staff, so there is no required donation amount to participate. (However, if you’re looking for guidance, $5 per person is a standard starting amount for this type of fundraiser). We ask that our partners take a picture of their staff “dressed down” and post it on their social media and tag @Bivona with the hashtag #endtheabuse. 

If you’d like to take part in this fundraiser, download our digital toolkit to get started! You will find sample email templates, event signage, and information about Child Abuse Prevention Month and Bivona Child Advocacy Center. We would love to visit your office to accept the donation and take a photo with your staff for our website and social media. We would also welcome the chance to talk to your staff about the resources Bivona Child Advocacy Center offers to our community. 

Is your office already casual? You can invite your employees to participate in other ways! For example, participants can wear blue in support of Child Abuse Prevention Month, or you can try out other themes like a favorite sports team or favorite decade “dress down” day, hold a bake sale, a book or stuffed animal drive — the possibilities are endless! 

Questions? Contact Sara Hickman-Himes at shickmanhimes@bivonacac.org.

Are you on Facebook?

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Use our custom profile photo frame to show your support and help raise awareness. Here’s how to use it:

- Visit https://www.facebook.com/profilepicframes
- Search for “Bivona”. Ony one frame should come up – “Bivona Child Abuse Prevention Month 2019” – that’s the one you want!
- You can adjust how your photo fits in the frame, and whether you want the frame to be temporary (you can pick 1 hour, 1 day, 1 week, or customize your timeframe).
- Then click “Use as Profile Picture”
- And you’re all set!

Do you love Chocolate?

Or do you know someone who does? We’re partnering with the awesome ladies at Laughing Gull Chocolates to hold a class about truffle-making on April 13. During this event participants will practice the art of truffle-making and learn about the history of chocolate. And the best part? You get to take home an assortment of home-made truffles to impress your friends and family! Participants will also have a chance to learn more about the prevalence of child abuse, and the work being done at Bivona to support survivors of abuse, their caregivers, and families. This event is a true win-win — 50% of proceeds will be donated to Bivona, and you'll also be supporting a local business.

Space is limited so make sure you secure your spot! Learn more about the class, and share this event with chocolate-lovers in your lives here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2405948936123854/

In addition to the class, throughout the entire month Laughing Gull Chocolates will be selling a special strawberry banana bark and 50% of proceeds from purchases of that item will be donated to Bivona. They are also hosting a clothing drive for the children we see at Bivona from April 5th-13.

Use our hashtag!

Throughout April, we’ll be using #endtheabuse on social media. We’re asking local business who are doing donate to dress-down days, folks who are wearing blue on April 5, and anyone else who posts about Child Abuse Prevention Month to use this hashtag and tag @BivonaCAC.