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National Gun Violence Awareness Day, June 2nd

Next Thursday, June 2nd, National Gun Violence Awareness Day will be marked with events around the country. Among children and youth aged 1-24 years, guns cause two times as many deaths as cancer, five times as many as heart disease, and 20 times as many as infections. CHOP's Violence Prevention Initiative is dedicated to bringing a trauma-informed approach to violence prevention intervention at multiple touchpoints in a child’s lifespan, including an Emergency Department-based program which provides direct services to patients who are treated for assault injuries.

The Consequences of Victim Blaming: Sexual Assault and Higher Education

I recently learned about a disturbing policy at Brigham Young University (BYU) that promotes victim blaming following sexual assault. We need to shift away from societal attitudes and policies that encourage blaming sexual assault victims and move toward placing the responsibility where it belongs – with the perpetrators of these crimes.

Save the Date for ACIP 2016!

Registration is now open for the 2016 Advances in Child Injury Protection (ACIP) Conference, which will be hosted by the Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies on November 14, 2016 in Plymouth, MI.

Suicide on College Campuses: A Call for a Culture Change

Suicide continues to be a leading cause of death among children and young adults, and recently released statistics from the CDC report an overall increase of suicide rates by 24 percent over a recent 15 year span. There is a need to change the culture on how we deal with suicidality at universities, including de-stigmatizing the issue and increasing access to mental health services.

CHOP and Lutheran Settlement House: How an Academic-Community Partnership Can Prevent Intimate Partner Violence

At CHOP, we partner with Lutheran Settlement House through the Children’s and Mom’s Project (CAMP) to provide on-site support and resources for caregivers and patients experiencing violence from intimate or romantic partners. I am excited to share my recent conversation with Lutheran Settlement House's Marcella Slick to discuss CAMP’s recent successes and what’s on the horizon for this rapidly-growing program.

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