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April is National Sexual Abuse Awareness Month

Awareness APRIL is not just a month to goof around. April pinpoints some very serious topics that we would like to highlight in this month’s newsletter. Especially the first two topics.

Did you know that April is National Sexual Abuse Awareness month? The reason so many of us use Family Watchdog is to prevent sexual abuse happening to ourselves and others. Or maybe you or someone you know has been sexually abused. Well this is the month to get the word out there about sexual abuse. We will be posting things on our facebook throughout the month, but we cannot do it all on our own. Check out a really awesome site dedicated to sharing the awareness. (http://www.nsvrc.org/saam). They also have a day of action on April 3rd, where they ask you to change your profile picture, status updates and tweets to something in regards to spreading the awareness. Let’s help spread the word!

Children are the most important thing to all of us. So lets talk about Child Abuse Prevention, because the whole month is dedicated to this topic as well. Do you know the signs of child abuse? Maybe you have had your suspicions, but have been too afraid to call. Well this is the time to take a stand for the children who cannot speak. Visit Prevent Child Abuse America today to see what you can do to help. Whether it be helping a neighbor to helping your own child, help out someone. You can donate clothes and toys to shelters for the abused. And if you need to report child abuse, use this website to find the number you need to call. Click here to report abuse We have made it easy for you to help out if you can.

 
April is also Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol Awareness April is also Alcohol Awareness Month, but we are not going to get into that, the name is pretty self explanatory. You can check in with the NCADD (National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence) to learn more Click here
NCADD has something we urge you to participate in:
Alcohol-Free Weekend, which takes place on the first weekend of April (April 6-8, 2012) to raise public awareness about the use of alcohol and how it may be affecting individuals, families, businesses and our communities. During Alcohol-Free Weekend, NCADD extends an open invitation to all Americans to engage in three alcohol-free days. Any individual or family member who finds it difficult to get through the 72-hour experiment is urged to contact local NCADD Affiliates, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Al-Anon Family Groups to learn more about alcoholism and its early symptoms.

 
Autism Awareness Month

Autism And finally our last topic: Autism Awareness month. Check out all things Autism related at the Autism Society’s webpage.
But we want to bring out awareness for ALL the special needs groups. And right now, we want to highlight bullying with these special kids. After all, it IS child abuse prevention month. Children with visible and invisible disabilities are significantly more likely than their peers to be the victims of bullying behavior. The type of bullying experienced often differs according to the child's disability. (But we believe that NO child should be bullied!) One more thing on Autism, and it's a FACT: It may seem that autism is a wholly negative diagnosis. But almost everyone on the autism spectrum has a great to deal to offer the world. People with autism are among the most forthright, non-judgemental, passionate people you'll ever meet. And if you have ever met someone with autism (or any other mental disability) it would be a lie to say they haven't touched you in a way.

"Having a child with Autism is an amazing thing to me. It's an incredible journey and learning experience. I feel so lucky to have been blessed with a child so special as mine. He sees things in a completely different way than you or I. He has a mind like no other. He's very intelligent. We have a lot to teach each other. He has a lot to teach the world!" - Angela V., Max’s mother.

 
TESTIMONIALS from our followers

"...Nice to know who your neighbors are! Helps to be more aware of some of these people that are living in your area! A great site for information!" - Richard R.

"Here is a free site to know if you live near a sex offender... Awareness is so important!!!! It is our responsibility to make sure our children are safe. I plugged in my street, city, state and zip... fortunately, nothing came up on my street, however surrounding neighborhoods had a lot of red flags. You will get the person's address along with a picture. Sometimes children can be so unsuspecting and they may think that every friendly face is a friend... not so! Although we don't want to frighten them... we need to make sure they understand that this world also includes 'questionable people'. Our children depend on us... Never forget that there are crazed, evil, demented. twisted people in this world! Thank God for Grace, Peace and Favor! Stay informed!!!!!" - Diane M.

If you have a story to tell, please contact us at c.s@familywatchdog.us

 
Common Questions

Questions Q: Who do I contact about an offender who’s information is wrong?
A: Please contact the state the offender has to register in. Once they update the offender’s info, we should have it updated within 48 hours.

Q: What do the colors on the map mean?
A: On the top left hand side of the map there is a box labled “map legend”. If you click that box, it will drop down and tell you what each color means.

Q: How often do we update?
A: We update from the State’s registries daily.

Read more of our FAQs here

 
Not a topic, just a reminder... TAXES are DUE the 15th!

Hope you all have a GREAT April and a wonderful Easter with your loved ones. Thank you for being aware and using our free service. Don’t forget to mention us to Friends, Family and Co-workers! Click here!

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