In 1979, through encouragement and hard work by Childhelp Founders Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson (joined by legendary actress Sophia Loren), President Jimmy Carter designated the first National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Four years later, President Ronald Reagan formally established April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.
The four-year-old girl was seen by medical personnel but did not sustain any serious injuries, though she may “be left with long-term dental trauma.”
Childhood trauma is a very serious issue that can have lasting impacts. While the young girl did not suffer injuries from this incident, she may have trouble trusting adults who she does not have a prior relationship with in the future.
With spring upon us, it’s time to shake off the winter rust, open up those windows, and get outside with your family. We know you’ve been waiting months for this opportunity, after being cooped up inside as snow piled against your windows and frigid temperatures made you contemplate quitting your job and staying in bed forever.