Church Marks National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Contributed By MormonNewsroom.org

  • 11 May 2016

Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women General President, visits with Teresa Huizar, executive director of the National Children’s Alliance, and Susanne Mitchell, director of the Children’s Justice Centers in Salt Lake County, April 28, 2016.

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  • The Church provides funds to support children's advocacy centers across the U.S.

“[Child abuse] should never happen, but when it does, we hope we can provide the resources to help children heal.” —Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women general president

Child abuse prevention advocates met with Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women General President, in the Relief Society Building in Salt Lake City on Thursday, April 28, to mark National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

“We feel very strongly about this issue and have tried to put resources in place that will address the needs of children who find themselves victim to [abuse],” said Sister Oscarson. “It should never happen, but when it does, we hope we can provide the resources to help children heal.”

Sister Oscarson said the Church has put resources in place to help children who have been abused, including a 24-hour hotline that can put leaders in touch with a counselor. Safeguards have also been put in place in the Church’s youth programs, including a requirement to have two leaders present during activities.

Sister Oscarson presented a $100,000 donation to Teresa Huizar, executive director of the National Children’s Alliance, the national association and accrediting body for children’s advocacy centers, and a $25,000 check from the Church to Susanne Mitchell, director of the Children’s Justice Centers in Salt Lake County.

The money will be used at children’s advocacy centers in the U.S. and more than 20 centers in Utah to help families heal from abuse.

“This is a very significant year for Children’s Justice Centers in Utah. We’re celebrating 25 years,” said Tracey Tabet, the administrator of the Children’s Justice Center program of the Utah State Attorney General’s Office.

A year ago, Sister Oscarson and other Church leaders toured the Children’s Justice Center in Salt Lake City and made a donation to help families affected by child abuse.

April was National Child Abuse Prevention Month in the United States. The awareness campaign is organized by the Children’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women General President, at left, gives a $100,000 donation from the Church to Teresa Huizar, executive director of the National Children’s Alliance, to be used at children's advocacy centers in the United States.

Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women General President, at right, discusses child abuse prevention with Susanne Mitchell, director of the Children’s Justice Centers in Salt Lake County, April 28, 2016.

Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women General President, right, presents a $25,000 check from the Church to Susanne Mitchell, director of the Children’s Justice Centers in Salt Lake County.

Child abuse prevention advocates met with Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women General President, Thursday, April 28, to mark National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Left to right: Sister Oscarson; Teresa Huizar, executive director of the National Children’s Alliance; Tracey Tabet, the administrator of the Children’s Justice Center program of the Utah State Attorney General’s Office; and Susanne Mitchell, director of the Children’s Justice Centers in Salt Lake County.