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Child Abuse Prevention Month


On the second Wednesday of April, Child Abuse Prevention Month, Ohioans statewide are encouraged to wear blue to show support for preventing child abuse.

Child Abuse in Ohio

Child abuse is a global problem still prevalent in local communities today. This abuse includes physical, emotional, sexual, verbal, mental, and neglect. As a result, children develop cognitive and behavioral issues from this trauma.

CDC’s National Child Abuse and neglect statistics

  • 1 in 4 children are abused or neglected at some point in their lives
  • On average, 676,000 children are in child protective services because of abuse or neglect
  • On average, 1,750 children die because of abuse or neglect
Out of approximately 2.7 million children living in Ohio:
  • Physical abuse sufferers — 29,659 / 30%
  • Neglect sufferers — 25,098 / 26%
  • Sexual abuse sufferers — 9,040 / 9%
  • Emotional maltreatment sufferers — 1,301 / 1%
  • Suffering from multiple allegations of abuse/neglect — 13,827 / 14%

#OhioWearsBlue Movement

The Public Children Services Association of Ohio (PCSAO) started this movement to show support for child abuse prevention. Ohioans statewide wear blue on the second Wednesday of April every year. The PCSAO previously planted blue pinwheels in supporters’ yards. In 2011, the PCSAO instituted the “Wear Blue to Work Day” movement, which continues to grow each year.

newpath wears blue

See it. Report it. Save a Life.

If you suspect a child or family is suffering from child abuse or neglect, report it to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (JFS). Call 855-O-H-CHILD (855-642-4453) or visit the JFS website for more information.

Contact NewPath if you or someone you know needs additional help recovering from cognitive and/or behavioral issues resulting from trauma. Start your healing journey with NewPath Child & Family Solutions (formerly St. Joseph Orphanage). There is hope. There is help.


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