LOCAL CHILD SEX ABUSE SURVIVOR SHARES PERSONAL STORY TO SUPPORT OREGON CHILDREN DURING NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH
Oregon Governor Kate Brown signs proclamation supporting National Child Abuse Prevention Month
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PORTLAND, April 18, 2018 – Oregonians across the state are bringing awareness and working to prevent future cases of child abuse during April’s National Child Abuse Prevention month.
As a young boy, Wade Cates was sexually abused by a close family member from the ages of 7-14 years old. Now 22, Wade is ready to share his story with thousands of Oregon children to let them know that he understands the feelings of isolation they may be experiencing and is speaking out now to show help is available.
“What we experienced as victims was not natural and so it does leave a permanent mark on our hearts,” Cates said. “Though the one thing I know for certain is that there are trustworthy, compassionate people all around us, who we don’t even realize are ready to help.”
Prevent Child Abuse Oregon, a leading advocacy organization in the state, is working throughout the month of April with survivors like Wade, to spread the message that assistance is available and everyone can help provide great childhoods in their community.
Demonstrating their support for Oregonians impacted by child abuse, Governor Kate Brown, with the support of Secretary of State, Dennis Richardson, proclaimed April 2018 to be National Child Abuse Prevention Month in Oregon and encouraged all Oregonians to join together to help children affected by child abuse.
Research suggests that many people are already playing a role in preventing child abuse and creating great childhoods in their communities, they just don’t realize it. A study commissioned by Prevent Child Abuse America shows that only 27% of Americans report that they are engaged in prevention. However, that same study showed that
- 80% of Americans reporting donating goods, money or time to an organization supporting children and families,
- 70% reported volunteering with children through places of worship, schools, and sports or academic clubs, and
- 56% provided mentorship to a child in their family, neighborhood, or community.
In response to the research, Prevent Child Abuse Oregon is encouraging the public to learn more about how three specific actions relate to child abuse prevention, including:
- Mentoring children and parents
- Advocating for family-friendly policies
- Donating time and money
Prevent Child Abuse Oregon, though its mission to mobilize communities and guide a statewide commitment to stop child abuse in all forms, works to provide great childhoods to all of Oregon’s children and give a voice to those who need it most.
Tracey Blood – Prevent Child Abuse Oregon