Child Abuse Prevention Month | Metrowest YMCA | MetroWest YMCA

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Did you know that April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month?  We wanted to take a moment to highlight the work Ys throughout the country are all doing to protect kids.  The MetroWest YMCA is proud of the role Massachusetts Ys have played in leading this effort to increase awareness about child abuse and ways to prevent it at our YMCAs and in our local communities. 

The 5 Steps to Protecting Our Children ™

The 5 Steps to Protecting Our Children™ is an introductory guide for responsible adults interested in the prevention of child sexual abuse. The 5 Steps outline the Darkness to Light core principles for preventing, recognizing, and reacting responsibly to child sexual abuse and form the framework for our adult training program, Stewards of Children®.



Resource Videos 

Talking With Kids (2:16)

Watch this two-minute video to learn how talking with children is important to protect them from sexual abuse. For more in-depth learning, tools, and practical guidelines to help adults prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse, take Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children®. Visit for more information.


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