April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
A month dedicated to raising awareness and prevention of child abuse through programs and activities that help stop child abuse and provide for children’s physical, emotional, and developmental needs.
River Bridge Regional Center is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse. During April and throughout the year, we hope to engage our community through dialogue and action to keep our children safe. Due to COVID-19 we’ve had to change our approach to this month. Unfortunately that meant postponing our annual fundraiser “Imagine” and any other events, presentations, and trainings in our community.
We still find it pertinent to reach our to our community and encourage discussions to learn more about abuse and actions that we can all take. River Bridge Regional Center exists to break the silence and expose the secrecy that binds child abuse. Together we can make a positive impact and be the change in the lives of children. In order to be a voice for Child Abuse Prevention Month we are holding a series of VIRTUAL EVENTS that we hope will spread among our communities. Please take part in any and all of our events to support child victims of abuse in our communities and across the world!
Use the tabs to learn more about events/activities. Events and resources can be also found on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/RiverBridgeRegionalCenter
Join us in reading “Spilled Milk” by K.L. Randis.
Based on a true story, “Spilled Milk is a story about resilience. The strength of the human mind and will power to live a better life.” – The Weekly Sparkle
Brooke Nolan is a battered child who makes an anonymous phone call to social services about the escalating brutality in her home. When they jeopardize her safety, condemning her to keep her father’s secret, it’s a glass of spilled milk at the dinner table that forces her to speak about the cruelty she’s been hiding. In her pursuit for safety and justice Brooke battles a broken system that pushes to keep her father in the home, and she risks losing the support of family, coming to the realization that some people simply do not want to be saved. Spilled Milk is a novel of shocking narrative, triumph and resiliency.
Due to COVID-19 our annual fundraiser has been rescheduled for Friday, October 9th (fingers crossed!) We will have many great items in the fall, but some items that we have are best for the summer/fall months, so we’re holding an online auction to help raise funds for River Bridge and see these amazing experiences get used (again, fingers crossed)! Many of the experiences, if not able to be used this summer due to COVID and cancellations, we can work with you and the vendor to receive the tickets/experiences at a later time.
Online Auction begins Saturday April 4th and runs until Thursday April 30th!
What’s the #FlipTheSwitch campaign?
The #FlipTheSwitch campaign was inspired by the many people who voiced concern to Aly Raisman, US Gymnastics athlete, about the lack of support and attention being devoted to the issue of sexual abuse. While Aly’s experience was within the sport of gymnastics, she recognizes that children in all sports need to be protected from abuse. #FlipTheSwitch calls for all adults involved in youth sports to complete Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children®training, the leading child sexual abuse prevention program in the country.
Hands are not to hurt!
What are hands used for?
Help River Bridge create a “VIDEO Premiere” for Child Abuse Prevention Month that shows all the wonderful ways our hands can bring light, love, excitement, happiness and humor to our lives!
Record a short 10-15 second video of how he uses his hands. In the video, say ” Hands are not to hurt… they are for…” Be fun, be sweet, be serious, be creative!
Send all video presentations to email@example.com by April 23th.