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  • Writer's picturePriya Thomas

Protecting Our Future: The Critical Role of Conversations in Child Abuse Prevention

As we step into April, the significance of Child Abuse Prevention Month comes to the forefront of our community consciousness. Dr. Priya Thomas from Mindful Pediatrics, a trusted pediatric practice serving Alpharetta, Johns Creek, and Cumming, emphasizes the power of dialogue in safeguarding our children.

The Power of Prevention Through Conversation

Dr. Thomas advocates for proactive discussions with children about body boundaries and consent. This April, she highlights ‘Ella’s Choice’ by Dr. Gaiathry Jeyarajan, a poignant book that empowers children to understand and articulate their personal boundaries.

By the Numbers: The Stark Reality of Child Abuse

Statistics reveal the urgency of addressing child abuse:

  • 1 in 7 children have experienced abuse or neglect in the past year.

  • In 2021, 588,229 victims of child abuse and neglect were reported in the United States.

  • Child abuse cases predominantly involve neglect (76%), followed by physical abuse (16%) and sexual abuse (10.1%).

The Ripple Effect: Long-Term Impacts of Child Abuse

A Call to Action

As we observe Child Abuse Prevention Month, let’s unite in fostering an environment where every child feels safe and heard. Dr. Thomas’s recommendation of ‘Ella’s Choice’ serves as a beacon for initiating these vital conversations within families.

Let’s pledge to make prevention a priority, not just in April, but throughout the year, for the well-being of our children and the future of our communities.

About Mindful Pediatrics Located near the vibrant cities of Alpharetta, Johns Creek, and Cumming, Mindful Pediatrics is dedicated to the holistic well-being of children. Led by Dr. Priya Thomas, the practice offers comprehensive pediatric care with a focus on preventive medicine and open communication.

About ‘Ella’s Choice’Ella’s Choice’ is available for purchase on Amazon. This book is an invaluable resource for parents to guide their children in understanding the importance of consent and personal boundaries.

In the spirit of Child Abuse Prevention Month, let’s embrace the tools and knowledge to protect our children and strengthen our community.



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