Algoma-Manitoulin MPP Mike Mantha introduced a bill yesterday that aims at preventing and reducing child abuse by raising awareness in schools.
Mantha says the Abuse Prevention Week Act, would proclaim the week beginning on the first Sunday in October of each year as Abuse Prevention Week.
Mantha explains the bill was inspired by Charmaine Loverin, founder of the Centre for Mental Health Transformation, through public petitions that have paved the way for the legislation.
He says creating a comprehensive framework based on the recommendations of abuse prevention experts and education stakeholders will be key to helping children and young people live a safer and healthier life.
Mantha adds during that week, all Ontario schools would be teaching an evidence-based curriculum focussed on abuse prevention
Loverin organization focuses on supporting child abuse recovery, prevention education, and advocacy and for years she has been leading her “Loverin’s Law” initiative.
“So many Ontarians, child protection service workers, agencies, and educators who have signed our Loverin’s Law petition.
“I am very proud of the work we have done,” says Loverin.
“Implementing an intervention framework like an awareness week for abuse prevention in all Ontario schools will reshape the future and safety for all young people and youth. It will also empower prevention skills and tools for all families and communities” she explains.
“Loverin’s Law vision is aiming at reducing child abuse, early offenders, youth mental health problems, addiction issues, child trafficking and even suicide.”
According to Loverin, abuse often affects children under the age of five, and 93 percent of abuse is perpetrated against children or young people by individuals they trust. Statistically, two in five girls and one in six boys have suffered abuse in Canada. Additional cases of abuse may go unreported.