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Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney commemorates April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month and recognizes National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

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The Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney’s Office is joining national prevention efforts to raise awareness for sexual assault and child abuse crimes by hosting several events during the month of April to commemorate Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Child Abuse Prevention Month, and National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

“We are dedicated to strengthening victims and survivors in the aftermath of crime, building resilience in our communities and our victim responders, and working for justice for all victims and survivors,” said Criminal District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez, Jr. “We encourage everyone to join the national awareness efforts to prevent child abuse and sexual assault. Together we can put an end to sexual assault and child abuse in Hidalgo County.”

For each commemorative topic there are special events designed to help the public participate and show their support for the victims. The Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney’s Office encourages everyone to join the national awareness efforts by participating in the following events:

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

· April 6, 2021 “Day of Action”: This national campaign promotes awareness and support for survivors of sexual harassment and abuse by asking supporters to wear teal – the color of sexual violence prevention. Take photos and share them on your social media platforms using hashtags: #SAAM2021 #SAAMWeCanBuild #TurnTexasTeal

· April 28, 2021 – “Support Denim Day”: The annual international campaign “Denim Day” helps begin conversations about destructive attitudes surrounding sexual assault, such as victim blaming. On this day, millions of people across the world will wear jeans with a purpose – to support survivors and educate themselves and others about all forms of sexual violence. Take photos and share them on your social media platforms using the hashtag: #DenimDay

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· April 29, 2021 – “Take Back the Night”: Light a candle outside your home at 8 p.m. to honor sexual assault survivors, wear teal and post your support on social media using the hashtag: #SexualAssaultAwarenessMonth

Child Abuse Prevention Month

· April 9, 2021 – “Go Blue Day”: This campaign signifies that you stand against child abuse. Please take photos and share them on your social media platforms, using hashtags: #GoBlueDay #OneWithCourage #ReportAbuse #NoExcuseForChildAbuse #SilenceEndsHere

· April 14, 2021 – “Blue Pinwheel Project”: This nationwide campaign reinforces the notion that healthy child development serves as a foundation for both community and economic development. The pinwheel is an uplifting reminder of childhood and the bright futures all children deserve. Take photos and share them on your social media platforms using the hashtag: #GrowingBetterTogether

· April 25, 2021 – “National Blue Sunday Day of Prayer for Abused Children”: This is the 27th annual International Day of Prayer for abused children and those who rescue them. Let’s pray, educate ourselves, and volunteer until black and blue are just colors in a child’s crayon box. Use the this hashtag on your social media posts: #PreventChildAbuse

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week – April 18-24, 2021

· April 19, 2021 – “Artwork Project”: This week is dedicated to ensuring that all victims of crime, especially those who are challenging to reach or serve, are afforded their rights and receive a trauma-informed response. Use a pink, purple and yellow color palette to create an artwork project to promote awareness about crime victims’ rights and services.

· April 23, 2021 – “Candlelight Vigil”: Participate in a candlelight vigil to honor victims and survivors of violence by lighting a candle outside your home at 8 p.m. and posting a photo to social media with the hashtag: #NCVRW

In addition, DA Rodriguez will host a virtual proclamation during the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court meeting on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 10 a.m. to declare April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and recognize National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. You can join the virtual proclamation online by watching the live stream at: www.hidalgocounty.us/HClive

If you suspect child abuse, please report it by contacting the Texas Abuse Hotline at 800-252-5400 or by web at txabusehotline.org. Everyone can play a vital role in preventing child abuse in Hidalgo County.

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