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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois continues its efforts to prevent child sexual abuse. Through appropriate educational trainings and screening of all staff and volunteers, our prevention mission continues. Although this year-round job is non-stop, Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to highlight these efforts.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to build heightened awareness to prevent child sexual abuse. Christ calls upon each of his followers to protect everyone, especially our children and most vulnerable, from harm. When it comes to preventing child sexual abuse, we must first know the facts:

The statistics of this atrocious crime are overwhelming. Each of us must keep our eyes and ears open to identify dangers to children. To recognize and stop child sexual abuse, screening and education through training is critical. Faith-based trainings that are true to the teachings of the Catholic Church are offered for adults and children.