Wednesday , 28 October 2020
Little Bear Centre. Courtesy: Tammy-Lynn Adamson.

Advocacy centre encourages blue clothing for child abuse awareness

A Lloydminster advocacy centre is encouraging the community to wear blue on October 24th for Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Tammy-Lynn Adamson, Director of Advocacy & Engagement at Little Bear Child & Youth Advocacy Centre mentions the reasoning behind having a month of awareness.

“This is a time to start a conversation and to act collectively to raise awareness and empower people not only in our community but in Alberta and across Canada to play a role in preventing child abuse.”

Approximately 1 in 3 Canadians report experiencing some form of child abuse.

Child abuse survivors are more likely to experience homelessness, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, or being arrested.

Little Bear Child and Youth Advocacy Centre is a division of Lloydminster Sexual Assault Services (LSAS) which interviews and supports families impacted by abuse.

Approximately 34 per cent of Albertans have experienced sexual abuse before the age of 18.

Little Bear Child & Youth Advocacy Centre

The month of awareness gives people the opportunity to gain knowledge about what child abuse is, how to recognize it, and what to do if it is happening.

“It is a way to collectively show support, encourage conversation, and it offers as a reminder to all Canadians to recognize the signs of child abuse, neglect, and exploitation. It also serves as a reminder to report the child abuse to the RCMP or local child protective services.”

“It’s also a time to celebrate the resilience of children, youth, and families impacted by violence and any form of abuse,” said Adamson.

Types of abuse include physical, emotional, sexual, and neglect which all come with their own concerns.

“We as a community can support our children by ensuring every child and youth’s voice is heard and every child and youth’s voice matters.”

Adamson encourages individuals to start the conversation if they have any concerns about abuse, even if that first step is difficult.

“At Little Bear and Lloydminster Sexual Assault Services we recognize that it’s tough to make that call. Even if you call to talk to us about having that conversation, we can provide that support too.”

If you or someone you know is experiencing some form of abuse, you can start the conversation by calling in to a help centre or the RCMP.

The Centre’s key services include forensic child interviews, advocacy and support, court preparation, case coordination and review, professional training for team members, community education, and community referral.

Child Advocacy Centres in Alberta:

  • Little Bear Child & Youth Advocacy Centre – Lloydminster
  • Waypoints Community Services Association – Fort McMurray
  • The Caribou Child & Youth Centre – Grande Prairie
  • Zebra Child Protection Centre – Edmonton
  • The Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre – Red Deer
  • The Calgary & Area Child Advocacy Centre – Calgary
  • Sexual Abuse Response Centre of Southern Alberta – Medicine Hat
  • The Chinook Sexual Assault Centre – Lethbridge

Child Advocacy Centres in Saskatchewan:

  • Little Bear Child & Youth Advocacy Centre – Lloydminster
  • Regina Children’s Justice Centre
  • Saskatoon Centre for Children’s Justice

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