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Child Abuse Prevention

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. During this month, and throughout the entire year, adults should call attention to better understanding their responsibility to protect children from abuse, both as citizens of the state of Illinois, and as members of the church community.

The Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has compiled a number of resources to use this coming April which has been designated Child Abuse Prevention Month. These resources were designed for use at the parish level during the month of April and can easily be duplicated and distributed to your parishes and schools.

Available Online Resources

2020 Child Abuse Prevention Month Resource Booklet

  1. Sample Prayers of the Faithful
  2. Prayer for Healing
  3. Rosary for Healing (“Pray a rosary to Our Lady with special intentions for victims/survivors of abuse and the defense of the vulnerable. A rosary prayed in the Saint Pope John Paul II National Shrine on Monday, April 20th at 1:30pm will be streamed live on the USCCB Facebook and Twitter page.”)
  4. Novena Bulletin Insert
  5. Printable Poster: English | Español
  6. Printable Brochure: English | Español
  7. You can also find these and other resources at the USCCB store
  8. More resources can be found on the abuse prevention resource page 

iGuardians: Combating Child Predators

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