The 19 Days of Prevention of Violence Against Children and Youth is an awareness initiative sponsored by the Pitt County Coalition Against Human Trafficking.
From November 1 to November 19, the Pitt County Coalition Against Human Trafficking hosted various awareness and prevention campaigns across the county geared toward preventing violence against children and youth.
Check out how we did!
Chew and Chat Book Club
In collaboration with the Pitt County BRACE collaborative, we led the book club discussion in November. The book we discussed was “The Body Keeps the Score” by Bessel van der Kolk, MD.
Book overview: “Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world’s foremost experts on trauma, has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers’ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He explores innovative treatments—from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga—that offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain’s natural neuroplasticity. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score exposes the tremendous power of our relationships both to hurt and to heal—and offers new hope for reclaiming lives.”
Parents’ Resource Fair:
We held a parents’ resource fair at the Grady White/E.R. Lewis Boys and Girls Club to offer parents valuable community resources that can help them prevent violence against children and address certain issues that they feel they are facing locally.
Cyberbullying and Internet Safety Children’s program
The Pitt County Youth for Justice and Change led an event at Moyewood Recreation Center on 3rd Street in Greenville to talk to children about cyberbullying and internet safety. This group of young people offered up valuable information and creative activities for children in second to fifth grade to begin the conversation about kindness and safety.
Children’s Reading and Craft Event
Members of the Pitt County Coalition Against Human Trafficking hosted two children’s reading and craft events. One was held in Bethel and the other at George Washington Carver Library in Greenville. The group read “Miles is the Boss of His Body,” and asked participants to make collages that represent what it feels like to have their boundaries respected and respecting others.
Social Media Campaign
We asked the community to join us in our comprehensive social media campaign that addressed violence against youth and children with a specific focus on a different topic each day.
Organizations and people who participated in this digital campaign used #19Days.