Capstone Works to Break the Cycle of Child Abuse

Several capstone groups have focused on identifying the signs of child abuse. But for their Senior Capstone Project, Essence Garrett, Taylor Stokes, KaMaria Turner and Rayelle Wells worked on ways to help break the cycle of child abuse.

"A lot of people already know what child abuse is and know the signs," Wells shared. "We want to break the cycle because those who have been abused are twice as more likely to become abusers. So our goal is to advocate, prevent and get involved to make a difference."

The seniors presented their research on breaking the cycle of child abuse to the Class of 2019 on Monday, April 4. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

"A lot of people you wouldn't suspect could be the ones abused," Garrett noted. "They won't speak up about it, but they often show signs of it."

As part of their research for their Capstone Project, the group went to a child abuse prevention workshop at CARE House in Dayton.

"We learned a lot about the signs of child abuse and how to identify them," Turner explained. "We also learned how to talk to people who have already been abused."

Stokes added, "Because of the workshop, I can now identify the signs of child abuse and see how the cycle can happen." 

Throughout the month of April, the group will post child abuse prevention facts on the daily cafeteria slides and they placed posters around the school stating, "There is no excuse for child abuse."

"Everyone can Google the signs of child abuse, but to tell that and repeat that is not something this Capstone Group wanted to do," said Ann Szabo '72, the group's mentor. "This group wanted to make people feel comfortable if they are victims. They are encouraging students to talk about this subject, and CJ is a great place because there are so many great people available for our students."

Posted April 7, 2016