Making a Difference, Every Day ... Preventing Child Abuse Begins with You

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, during which communities across the country sponsor activities to raise awareness about the importance of child abuse prevention and healthy child development. This annual designation is an opportunity for communities to evaluate progress and reaffirm their commitment to building safe environments for children.

On April 23, James Hmurovich, CEO and President of Prevent Child Abuse America, will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the HUB Auditorium on Penn State's University Park campus about why prevention matters, how communities across the country are responding to the challenge of promoting healthy child development and providing safe environments, and what is needed going forward.  

A panel response titled “Campus to Community Perspectives” will follow Hmurovich’s talk and include campus and Centre Region representatives. The group will discuss local prevention efforts and how every person can help in this important fight.

Panelists include Centre County Judge Bradley Lunsford, First Assistant District Attorney of Montgomery County and Penn State Alumni Association Vice President Kevin Steele, president of the student group One Heart Cristina Fernandez, Penn State Youth Programs Compliance Specialist Sandra Weaver and Penn State’s Network on Child Protection and Well-Being Director of Research and Education and Professor of Human Development and Family Studies Jennie Noll.

Child abuse and neglect are substantiated in more than 1.2 million children each year in the United States. Working together to build awareness and understanding is an essential key to preventing child abuse. Everyone has a part to play.

The event is sponsored by the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) and Penn State’s Network on Child Protection and Well-Being. It is free and open to the public.

Joining UPUA and the Network as event sponsors are Penn State student organizations including One Heart and Walk for Prevention; Penn State Offices of Student Affairs, Human Resources, and Ethics and Compliance; and community organizations including the Children’s Advocacy Center of Centre County, Centre County Youth Service Bureau, Centre County Women’s Resource Center, YMCA of Centre County and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR). 

Child abuse and neglect are substantiated in more than 1.2 million children each year in the United States. Working together to build awareness and understanding is an essential key to preventing child abuse. Everyone has a part to play.

Contacts: 

Jonathan F. McVerry

Work Phone: 
814-865-7011

Communications Manager
Network on Child Protection and Well-Being
Social Science Research Institute

Last Updated April 15, 2014