April Is Child
Abuse Prevention Month!!
DAPE does abuse prevention 12 months
Every year hundreds of thousands of children are abused in this
country. Child abuse is a national epidemic that forever changes
children. You can make a difference!
Abuse Facts and Information
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month symbolized
by a blue ribbon. The history of the blue ribbon campaign is
one with a heartbreaking story. A grandmother who lost a grandson
to child abuse, used a blue ribbon to symbolize his bruises.
She started the blue ribbon campaign to bring awareness to the
realities of child abuse with the hopes of preventing needless
death and suffering.
DAPE is on the front lines of abuse prevention.
Statistics show that the one of the best ways to prevent abuse
is education. Since 1959 DAPE has been providing community based
low cost parenting classes.
some of the following statistics and remember that Child Abuse
is Everyone's Problem!!
In 2001, about 3,844,000 children were
reported as possible victims of child abuse and neglect in the
works! When services such as parent education are offered and
are of the appropriate quality, several studies indicate that
outcomes for children and families improve, parents feel greater
competence, and are less likely to abuse and neglect children"
(Reppucci, N.D., Britner, P.A., Woolard, J.L., 1997).
Dape has also been recognized
as an organization making a difference. In 1998, DAPE was nominated
for the Best Practices by the Community Council of Greater Dallas.
Dape is committed to the families in our community. We know that
education makes a difference. Starting with pre-natal education
and continuing educational opportunities until the child reaches
12, we have assisted families in getting the best start possible.
Often parents don't understand child development and that leads
the ineffective and sometimes abusive behavior.
Of those cases confirmed, 54 percent were neglect, 19 percent
were physical abuse, 10 percent were sexual abuse, 3 percent
were emotional maltreatment, and 14 percent were due to other
forms of maltreatment.
Nationally over 94 billion dollars are spent
as a result of child abuse (direct and indirect costs).
For every dollar spent on quality Early Childhood
Education the community benefits with a return of seven dollars.
Over 3 million children are reported as abused
( 2001) and of those reports, around 1 million are confirmed.
Every 2 hours a child is a victim of homicide.
In 2001 around 2,000 children died as a result
of abuse and neglect.
Abuse and Neglect in Texas
* 4 children die from child
abuse or neglect every week
* 183 children are confirmed
victims of child abuse every day
* 8 children are abused
or neglected every hour
In FY 2010:
* 288,080 alleged victims
of child abuse
* 66,897 confirmed victims
* 227 children died from
abuse of neglect in Texas
* Estimated measurable cost
of child abuse and neglect is $6.2 billion annually
There are thousands
of reasons to make child protection a top priority for the state
here to read about recognizing the signs of abuse and how to
In addition to DAPE's classes in Childbirth, Baby Care Basics,
and Positive Parenting, DAPE provides educational services to
many at-risk families,community based orginazations and teens
through the following programs:
SO HOW CAN
Please make a donation to DAPE . Every dollar that
you donate goes directly to our educational programs. Here are
some of the ways that we can put your dollars to work right now
in our community.
Child Care Provider Training including SIDS/Shaken
Baby prevention training
Speakers for Parenting groups
Warmline for Parents and many more!
- pays for 1 week's phone bill for the Warmline for Parents
pays for Parenting Classes for 1 parent/ $100.00
pays for 2 parents
Contributions can also be made
toward Pre-natal education or Baby Care classes.
If you would like to donate your time, our Warmline for Parents
offers a wonderful chance to give back to the community from
your own home.Please contact our office at 972-699-0420 or e-mail
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