NAPERVILLE, Ill. – As April is national Child Abuse Prevention Month, and state Rep. Janet Yang Rohr, D-Naperville, is recognizing the importance of providing adequate childcare for working families. Yang Rohr has always been passionate about working with children even prior to her role as state representative. She served as a school board member and is a proud mother of three.
“When I originally decided to run for state representative, one of my biggest priorities was to help provide safety for children and families alike,” said Yang Rohr. “I am a mother first before anything. When I look at my children, I am filled with joy but am also reminded of the children who do not get to be as fortunate and are stuck in abusive situations.”
Yang Rohr is hoping to bring awareness to child abuse and is encouraging others to participate in child abuse prevention. The involvement of the community in actively participating can help bring light to even bigger issues that are happening right now, like sexual abuse of minors and sex trafficking. Yang Rohr believes that child abuse prevention should be practiced and participated year-round and not just highlighted in April. It is easier to bring awareness to an issue by identifying it with a month but issues of this magnitude and significance should be considered every day.
“Problems like child abuse does not just leave once the child becomes older and able to support themselves financially,” said Yang Rohr. “The children that survive child abuse will grow up one day to become members of society. The long-lasting effect of abuse and trauma is not something we should ever take lightly. Children have limited power and control in our world, we should not leave them in situations like abuse to solely figure out on their own, and we as adults need to do better at protecting the children of our world.”