Child Abuse Prevention Month

Child Abuse Prevention Month

Support the effort to end child maltreatment in April by:

  • Promote and attend the Ray of Hope event.
  • Schedule a Adverse Childhood Experiences training for your organization or community.
  • Share, follow, and like CPCM’s graphics on ending online child abuse on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

South Dakota Wear Blue Day to Prevent Child Abuse

April 2: Wear Blue Day

On April 2, wear blue! Join us in sharing your support, by wearing blue on April 2 and sharing an image on social media.

Ray of Hope: Child Abuse Prevention Breakfast

April 2: Ray of Hope event

Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment (CPCM) invites you to join us in commemorating this important month by raising awareness of how we can help our fellow South Dakotans know about, respond to, and prevent child maltreatment.

Legal Workshop

April 4: Legal Workshop

The 3rd Annual Legal Workshop is sponsored by the South Dakota Unified Judicial System Court Improvement Program. CPCM and the University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law are partner organizations for this event. This is a free learning opportunity, to be held at the Old Lumber Company in Vermillion.

Court Improvement Program Training

April 24: Child Custody, Safety, and the Impact on Children

Join us for our April session of the Court Improvement Program, presented in conjunction with the State Bar in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Partner Event: Henry’s Run

April 27: Henry’s Run

To raise awareness and funds for child abuse prevention. All proceeds benefit Sanford Children’s Child’s Voice, a South Dakota Children’s Advocacy Center.

Partner Event: April Learning Series

April 2, 9, 16, 23: Keeping Kids Safe Learning Series

Child sexual abuse is “a silent epidemic,” according to the American Medical Association. It is so widespread that each of us probably knows someone who has been victimized or who has abused. The Enough Abuse series empowers parents, youth, professionals and other concerned adults to prevent people from victimizing children and youth today and to prevent children from developing abusive behaviors in the future. Training offered by Children’s Home Society of SD.

SANE Courtroom Testimony: Instruction for SANEs, Prosecutors, Advocates

This training opportunity will provide SANEs an overview of the courtroom process and roles and strategies for effective testimony. Attorneys will gain insight into the role of SANEs and the information they can provide in the testimony process. Presented by Tracy Decker, SD Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault; Lara Roetzel, Pennington County State's Attorney's Office; Michael Moore, Beadle County State's Attorney's Office; Crystal Johnson, Minnehaha County State's Attorney's Office; and Jen Canton, Avera Health.