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Assistant Attorney General Urges Involvement During National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 25, 2014

Justice BlogIn a new blog post on the Department of Justice Web site, Office of Justice Programs Assistant Attorney General Karol V. Mason discusses the importance of preventing and reducing children’s exposure to violence and encourages communities nationwide to participate in April’s observance of National Child Abuse Prevention Month and to continue their efforts throughout the year ahead. Mason emphasizes Attorney General Eric Holder’s Defending Childhood initiative, which addresses children’s exposure to violence. Mason points to a 2009 OJJDP study showing that 60 percent of children nationwide are exposed to violence, crime, or abuse; consequences include poor school performance, drug and alcohol abuse, long-term physical and psychological harm, and risk of future victimization and suicide. Mason underscores the Office of Justice Programs' intervention and prevention work, including OJJDP’s efforts to help victims of child abduction and commercial sexual exploitation and its support of mentoring programs for tribal youth and faith-based and community initiatives.

Resources:

Access “Special Feature: Child Abuse,” a compilation of publications and resources from the National Criminal Justice Reference Service in observance of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Read OJJDP's series on the National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence.

Order a print copy of the “Report of the Attorney General’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence."