Recognizing and Responding to Child Abuse

MACA mobilizes communities to have tough but necessary conversations about child abuse. Our CACs distribute life-saving curricula to our communities so more people are equipped to recognize and respond to child abuse.

If a child is expressing a fear of going home, has sudden behavioral changes, and/or unexplained injuries, they may be victims of abuse. Child abuse comes in many forms, including physical, sexual, commercial sexual exploitation of children and emotional abuse, maltreatment, and neglect. It is our responsibility—as teachers, parents, youth serving professionals, and concerned citizens—to educate ourselves on child abuse so that we respond appropriately if we suspect a child is in danger.

The ugly truth is that children continue to suffer in silence, and survivors often endure life-long consequences. MACA eases children’s trauma and provides them the opportunity for a better, healthier life.

Our 12 Children’s Advocacy Centers came together to compose a curriculum to distribute to our communities on recognizing and responding to child abuse. To learn more, contact MACA.