Child Abuse Prevention


At the Y, we are committed to the safety and wellness of children. That’s why we’ll be providing tips and advice for parents and caregivers to help prevent and spot child abuse this month. Check back here every April to learn more!

5 Days of Action: SEE

Now that you KNOW more about child sexual abuse, let’s talk about SEE! When we SEE boundaries being crossed or suspect a child is being

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5 Days of Action: KNOW

As part of the Five Days of Action this week, we are learning how to KNOW. SEE. RESPOND. to protect children from sexual abuse. Today

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Know See Respond. Join us this week as we take action to protect children.

Five Days of Action

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month! As part of our commitment to protecting the children in our community, we’re joining youth serving organizations across the

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Listening and Responding to Children

Listening and Responding to Children Throughout April, we’ve addressed the importance of understanding the Y’s abuse prevention policies, recognizing red flags and boundary violations and

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 Together with the Lily Pad SANE Center and the Cottage Sexual Assault & Children’s Advocacy Center, the Georgia Alliance of YMCAs is offering Child Abuse Prevention sessions at no cost. We encourage anyone who works with children to attend as well as everyone in our communities. The purpose of the sessions are to spread awareness about child abuse and how to prevent it in our communities. The sessions center around protecting our children and are open to the public at no cost.


Pinwheels are a reminder that we all play a role in children’s lives. Show your support for our nation’s children and help get your children involved in the movement by making your own pinwheel display. The following activities are great ways to inspire involvement at your local school, community center, religious institution, or even just within your family. 

For aspiring artists, here is a pinwheel coloring sheet. For the future engineers, here are instructions on how to make your own pinwheel.


Monday, April 18 , the Wilson Family YMCA and Aiken County Family YMCA will display pinwheels to represent the number of verified child abuse cases in our communities. The pinwheels represent the cases that had enough evidence to confirm child abuse in 2020. Many cases occur in our community that are never taken to court or lack evidence.

The display at the Aiken County Family YMCA represents 418 substantiated child abuse cases in Aiken and Barnwell counties during 2020. The Wilson Family YMCA display represents 682 cases in Burke, Columbia, McDuffie and Richmond counties in 2020.