April is National Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Month — See Where Sex Offenders are in Your Worcester Neighborhood

by | Apr 2, 2019 | Headlines, Crime, News

WORCESTER – April is Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Month across the United States.

Last week, President Donald Trump declared April 2019 to be Child Abuse Prevention month, saying “The relationships that children have with parents, family members, teachers, and other caregivers profoundly shape their lives.  When they are subjected to abuse and neglect, they are exposed to toxic stress that can disrupt early brain development and increase the risk of depression, suicide, substance abuse, developmental disabilities, future violence, juvenile delinquency, and other unhealthy behaviors.  These and other devastating effects of child abuse can last a lifetime, and can even affect future generations.”

SEE MAP BELOW: Registered Sex Offenders Living in Worcester 

National Child Abuse Prevention Month was designated 36 years ago by President Ronald Reagan in 1983.

Each year since 2001, during the month of April, Sexual Assault Awareness Month is recognized in the U.S. and addresses the impact of sexual violence through encouraging communities to work together on prevention and education.

According to data from nonprofit sexual abuse education organization Lauren’s Kids, one in three girls and one in five boys will become a victim of sexual abuse before they turn 18 years old. Of those victims, 45 percent will not disclose their abuse for five or more years.

There are 42 million survivors of child sexual abuse living in the U.S. today.

In Worcester, there are over 225 level 2 and 3 registered sex offenders living in the city. The map below provided by CrimeReports.com shows the relative location of these sex offenders. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has a database that provides more information on sex offenders that may be living in your neighborhoods.

The following resources have been provided by Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early’s office for victims of sexual assault in Worcester County:

Pathways for Change
588 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608-2014
Additional site in Fitchburg
Hotline: 800 870-5905
Office: 508 852-7600
TTY: 888 887-7130

New Hope Inc.
JDI Member
Services Offered: Domestic and Sexual Violence Services
Office Phone: 508 226-4015
Hotline Phone: 800 323-4673
TTY Phone: 800 323-4673
(Serves the following courts: Milford, Uxbridge, Westborough, East Brookfield, and Dudley courts.)


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