No group of children is immune from being a victim of child abuse or neglect, although girls are more often the victims of sexual abuse than boys. For all other types of abuse and neglect, statistics are about equal for boys and girls. Although children of all ages experience abuse and neglect, it is the youngest children that are the most vulnerable; almost 27 percent of the victims of child abuse and neglect are under the age of three years.

Every child deserves to grow up in a safe, stable, and nurturing environment. Please join us during April Prevention Month to promote “#Great Childhoods,” by recognizing and strengthening child abuse prevention efforts in West Virginia. Across the country, April is recognized as Child Abuse Prevention Month. State and local agencies and concerned citizens all work toward the common purpose of preventing child abuse and deliver a powerful, collective message about the importance of protecting children, supporting families and strengthening communities.

Children are the foundation of our society, our community and our future. Children raised in loving and supportive environments are more likely to prosper academically…

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