Child Abuse Prevention Month

Students from St. Patrick Catholic Secondary School
share a poignant message in this #iBREAKthesilence video

October is Child Abuse Prevention Month. This year, the Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto (CCAS) joined fellow Toronto CASs, teachers, students, police, and community agencies on October 19, 2016, dressing in purple as part of a Go Purple Day event to signal their commitment to child safety in their community. 

Children's Aid Societies are an essential part of the provincial safety net for children, but we rely heavily on professional and public referrals to do our work. Members of the community can help keep children and youth safe by speaking up when they are concerned about their safety or the safety of somebody they know. Every child and youth has a right to safety. Break the silence and speak up if you know - or suspect - a child or youth needs help. 

Ontario's leading research study on child abuse and neglect (Ontario Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect) shows children remained with their families in 97 % of children's aid investigations.  Children's aid can help. 

At this year's Go Purple Day event, participants joined in a video message to students to Break the Silence by speaking up if they know someone is being abused or neglected. Former CCAS youth in care and guest speakers, Pauline and Stewart, shared their stories of pain and isolation, and expressed their appreciation for the teachers who broke the silence by contacting CCAS.

We were pleased to welcome the Toronto Public and Catholic District School Boards to our Child Abuse Prevention Month partnership this year. They joined Toronto’s Children’s Aid Societies, Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre, Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies and Toronto Police Service, together with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services at the Go Purple Day event. We were also excited to have the CN Tower lit in purple from sunset to sunrise on October 19, in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month. 

Read more about the Go Purple Day event through our media release here
CN Tower lit in purple on October 19, 2016, to recognize Go Purple Day

     Students from Earl Haig Junior Public School & St. Patrick Catholic
Secondary School take a photo with members of the Toronto
Police Service after breaking a symbolic silence banner at the
2016 Go Purple Day event
Students from St. Patrick Catholic Secondary School read to
students from Earl Haig Junior Public School about breaking stigma
and shame around child abuse and neglect at the 2016 Go Purple Day event
CCAS former youth in care Pauline and Stewart share their stories
and express their appreciation for the teachers who broke
the silence by contacting CCAS
CCAS Director of Service Mary Juric speaks about a shared vision
of an Ontario where families can depend on us for the wellbeing
of children and youth at the 2016 Go Purple Day event