PCAU visited the Capitol!

This past Tuesday, Prevent Child Abuse Utah hosted a luncheon for our State Senators and Representatives. This was a wonderful opportunity that we had to rub shoulders with some powerful people to raise awareness about what our organizations does! With Child Abuse Prevention Month just a few short weeks away, it was a great time to share our cause. Here are a few photos from the event! Enjoy!





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We are already working with the Capitol to schedule a day for the 2014 Legislative Session. We think this a fabulous event to take on annually! Child Abuse Prevention is a cause we can all agree on supporting.

Thank you for all you do for Utah!


Illinois pushing mandated child abuse awareness education

Check out this article: “Child abuse education law approved by Senate”!

The state of Illinois is pushing Erin’s Law that would require child abuse awareness education for all students and teachers in primary and secondary education. We wish this would be true for all states.

At Prevent Child Abuse Utah we believe that education is the key to prevention. Talking to children about child abuse and what to do if someone is hurting them is crucial to child abuse prevention. It is essential that teachers and adults who work with children know how to recognize and report abuse as well.

Here in Utah, free age-appropriate education is available for students and teachers! Our agency has been around for over 30 years, and our curriculum is approved by the Utah State Office of Education. Even though it is not state law, many Utah communities, schools, and faculties utilize our programs. PCAU reached about 45,000 people in 2012 with our educational programs, but that number needs to GROW.

We all have a role in child abuse prevention. Safety for our children is a cause we should all support.

Call us today (801-393-3366) for more information about scheduling Child Abuse Prevention programs for your staff or school.

Prevent Child Abuse Utah

PCAU’s Resolutions for 2013

We begin 2013 with a new year, new goals, and some staff changes, including a new Executive Director, Trina Taylor! Trina has been with the agency for over 16 years. She is passionate about the work we do, and Prevent Child Abuse Utah is fortunate and excited to have her leading our agency in the years ahead.

New Year

In the spirit of fresh starts and motivation to reach new heights, here are a few of our agency’s resolutions for 2013. Feel free to share yours below!

  • Make Prevent Child Abuse Utah a name that is more recognizable throughout the state.

  • This is a reoccurring goal year after year: Reach more students, faculties, and community members throughout the state with our educational programs, including presenting in different counties than we typically do.

  • Expand our Healthy Families and Safe Families programs to parents in more counties around the state. We are always looking for ways to reach more Utahns.

  • We hope to continue with AND COMPLETE a research project started in 2012 focusing on our Child Abuse Prevention curriculum that teaches students the types of child abuse and what to do if they are being hurt. We are looking for as many schools to participate as possible. Contact us for more information – (801) 393-3366.

What do you hope to see from PCAU this year?


Setting resolutions is the easy part, the trouble is sticking to them ALL YEAR LONG. KSL News published an article this week titled, “How to set a resolution you’ll actually keep in 2013.” This is what it suggests for accomplishing what we set out to do in January.

  1. Keep your resolution realistic.
  2. Make sure your resolution is measurable.
  3. Have confidence you can accomplish your goal. You must believe in yourself!
  4. Use the buddy system. Find a family member or friend who will help keep you accountable or even work with you on the resolution.
  5. Track your progress. Find a way to keep track of what you have accomplished toward your goal each day or each week.
  6. Reward yourself.

Feel free to share with us any tips of your own.

Happy New Year from all of us here at PCAU!

What’s a Staff Party without White Elephants?


So, now that all the chaos has died down, it’s time for our Staff Christmas Party. This was a fun and relaxing way to end the year as an office. We work hard around here, and it’s good to loosen up a bit and enjoy each other every once in a while! After a delicious lunch, the time came to exchange white elephant gifts.

Maybe some of these will give all of you some good ideas for your own parties that call for white elephants…

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Some delicious cream cheese-strawberry Santas to start the party off with a bang.

These are most of the presents we had to choose from. What’s your method for choosing which gift to open? I always struggle with whether to pick a nicely wrapped one or the one wrapped in a grocery bag.
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Delightful season of 9-5. On VHS, no less! Hope she’s got a VCR.

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 “Within 5 minutes you’ll be on one of 256 possible courses to save the galaxy.” Again, you’ll need a VCR for this one.

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Some gift-givers try to make theirs worthwhile by including candy and treats.

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Arguably, the best gift of the day. In a mostly female office, what are the odds of a man getting this?! Oh, but it made it so much more enjoyable. Don’t worry, the box was deceiving. There was a good gift inside.

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A perfect way to set the mood at holiday parties.

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She didn’t know she would be setting another place at the Christmas dinner table.

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Santa dish-washing gloves! So festive and practical.

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To think that someone actually wants to hang this on their wall…

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Again, with so many females in the office, what are the odds??

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We were told that these antlers once adorned a very nice, hygienic golden retriever.

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“I hate birds!”

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The most useful gift of the bunch, and brand new to boot.

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He seems to be a seasoned white elephant gift giver.

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And finally, a group of white elephants is never complete without a beautiful piece of holiday decor.

Warmest wishes to you and yours this holiday season! See you in 2013!

Holiday Giving with PCAU

Please consider donating a decorated holiday table-top tree for our Holiday Dinner for children and their families.

What: Donate a Decorated Holiday Tree
When: Drop-off Deadline December 5, 2012
Where: 2955 Harrison Blvd., Suite 104, Ogden, UT
(Located inside Red Cross Bldg.)
Size: Please limit tree size to 4 feet in height

Questions? Contact Shannon Trapier at (801) 393-3366, or shannon@pcautah.org

Other donations we would love for our families to take with them after the dinner:
Tree ornaments, Holiday Wreaths, Holiday Stockings,
Wood Craft Decorations, Outdoor Holiday Decorations

Prevent Child Abuse Utah is also accepting various Christmas gifts for our Christmas for Kids program throughout the month of December. This program provides holiday gifts to children who are otherwise going without this year.

For more information about Christmas for Kids and how you can help, contact our office at 801-393-3366.

Thank you for your support this holiday season!

Child Abuse: A Community Matter

An article in Sunday’s issue of the Deseret News titled “A community matter: Child abuse results in human toll and economic burden in society” quotes our Executive Director Suzanne Leonelli. She and many other professionals had light to shed on the growing problem of child abuse in our communities and other community problems with which it is associated. Since the economic downturn, child abuse rates have sky-rocketed. Children who have been abused are more likely to face other health, social, and cognitive problems in the future; and that effects a broader portion of society.

Prevent Child Abuse Utah encourages you to read this article and, more importantly, take it upon yourself to get educated about the signs and symptoms of child abuse. It’s essential for adults to know how to identify and, especially, report child abuse in order to prevent it. The adverse effects of child abuse are long-lasting and can negatively impact not only children and families, but surrounding communities as well.

Prevent Child Abuse Utah offers free education for adults, children, communities, and families. Education is the first step to prevention. Call us today to schedule a presentation or inquire about our prevention programs. If you have seen a presentation, let us know what you think! You can reach us at 801-393-3366 or toll-free 1-800-CHILDREN. Visit our website for more information.


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