April is a month for advocacy. It’s Child Abuse Prevention Month, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and Autism Awareness Month. With so many worthy causes to get behind, it can be tricky to stay informed and be involved. Here are a few ways to recognize, educate, and advocate for any of these causes this month.
1. Become a Tarrant County CASA Volunteer
C.A.S.A. (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) volunteers are voices for abused and neglected children. The courts appoint C.A.S.A. volunteers to gather information and make recommendations to help judges decide what is best for each child. This month CASA also has a pinwheel installation for Child Abuse Prevention Month at:
- Levitt Pavilion in Arlington, TX – April 1-30
- Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus – April 4-30
- Southlake Town Square – April 4-18
2. Re-post Valuable Content
There are many educational, advocacy, and non-profit organizations actively sharing information, and content about autism, child abuse, and sexual assault. You can always reshare this content to inform your community on ways to make a change in a few taps!
3. Attend a self defense class
Self-defense classes are considered risk reduction measures, not prevention measures for sexual assault. However, with the prevalence of sexual assault it may be valuable to know a few skills to safely get away. Here are a few classes worth checking out.
- Vision Martial Arts Center | Plano
- VMAC Plano offers a variety of self-defense courses, including Travel defense, Dad and daughter safety, Women’s Safety, and more.
- Texas Defense Academy TDA | Fort Worth
- TDA offers self defense courses in different scenarios and private lessons.
- Vital Fitness and Self Defense | Irving/Las Colinas
- Vital Fitness has virtual training for all classes and puts a special emphasis on fitness while learning self defense tactics.
4. Sensory Friendly Tai Chi in the Park
Hosted by Parenting in Bliss, this morning of movement and relaxation is dedicated to people with autism and the neurodiverse community. Entry tickets cover parent and child!
5. Learn About Bystander intervention: C.A.R.E
According to R.A.I.N.N. (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), an active bystander is someone who interrupts a potentially harmful situation, especially when it comes to sexual violence. They offer intervention strategies called C.A.R.E. to show us how we can help prevent sexual violence in our surroundings.
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