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Apr 18

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time when communities nationwide come together to celebrate children and families. Prevent Child Abuse Iowa is honoring the month with awareness events and a children’s contest.

Child abuse is defined through state laws, so there is no federal standard throughout the country. In Iowa, the Legislature defines “child abuse” to include the following harm:

  • Failure to provide adequate food, shelter, clothing or other care necessary for a child’s health and well-being
  • Intended physical injury
  • Sexual abuse of a child
  • Presence of an illegal drug in a child’s body as a result of actions or neglect
  • Allowing a known sex offender, who is not the child’s biological parent or the caretaker’s spouse, custody or access to a child
  • Manufacturing a dangerous substance in a child’s presence
  • Mental injury to a child
  • Providing access to or showing obscene material to a child

Click on this link to learn more about Prevent Child Abuse Iowa:  www.pcaiowa.org