April is Child Abuse Awareness and Sexual Assault Prevention month…let’s have a VOICE for Survivors!!

Pamela Black

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness &

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Hopeful Hearts Ministry Offers a Voice for Survivors


April has been designated as National Sexual Assault Awareness month, as well as National Child Abuse Prevention month in recognition of the pervasiveness of sexual assault nationwide. Sexual violence, including child sexual abuse, spans across all ages, genders, races, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds. According to a Child Maltreatment report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesChildren’s Bureau, 60,956 cases of child sexual abuse were reported in the United States in 2013. On top of the guilt and shame that abuse can bring, most victims know their attackers, which can lead them to be silent about their traumatic experience. Staying silent, however, does not lead to healing, according to Shannon Deitz, abuse survivor and founder of Hopeful Hearts Ministry.


“Both sexual assault and child abuse are so devastating…

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