March for Babies in April
Your life matters and can make a difference in the lives of others.
In honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month this April, join me for the March of Dimes "March for Babies" on April 16, 2016 in beautiful West Palm Beach, FL.
Did you know? 500 communities across the nation participate in March for Babies to fight premature birth, 200 researchers are looking for causes and preventions at our 5 Prematurity Research Centers, and 554 community grants brought health education, programs and prenatal care to moms-to-be. This cause and research also helped save me. I was born too soon only weighing 4 pounds at birth. My mother prayed that I would make it and the doctors did their best to make sure I could return home healthy.
Today, as a Women's Wellness Coach and former premature baby, this is an annual cause that I am proud to support and want to extend a special invitation for you to be a part of this journey with me!
The first way to support this movement is to make a $5 donation here: www.marchforbabies.org/DebbieMatters
Then, get and share the facts below on social media, with friends, family, peers, and/or co-workers. Your are not just building awareness in your community- you're efforts are supporting programs that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies, and funding research to find causes and preventions.
It takes each of us to help empower children and families.
Share The Facts
1 out of 3 girls and 1 out of 5 boys will be sexually abused before they reach age 18.
90% of child sexual abuse victims know the perpetrator in some way. 68% are abused by a family member.
In 2012, 82.2% of child abuse perpetrators were found to be between the ages of 18-44, of which 39.6% were recorded to be between the ages of 25-34.
In the United States, more than 4 children die from child abuse and neglect on a daily basis. Over 70% of these children are below the age of 3.
Boys (48.5%) and girls (51.2%) become victims at nearly the same rate.
2.9 million cases of child abuse are reported every year in the United States.
Children who experience child abuse and neglect are 59% more likely to be arrested as a juvenile, 28% more likely to be arrested as an adult, and 30% more likely to commit violence crime.
14% of all men and 36% of all women in prison were abused as children.
Abused children are less likely to practice safe sex, putting them at greater risk for STDs. They’re also 25% more likely to experience teen pregnancy.
About 80% of 21-year-olds who were abused as children met criteria for at least one psychological disorder.