In the wake of the heartbreaking news of the past few weeks, CSN joins our partners in grieving and focusing our efforts on preventing gun violence. Approximately nine children and adolescents ages 0 to 19 die by firearm injury each day in the United States, with about five of those deaths being homicide-related and three being suicide-related. Gun violence affects individuals, families, communities and our nation. We urge all partners to join together in prevention efforts and in caring for the wellbeing of our children and adolescents, especially during this time when they are likely to experience a range of emotions and thoughts related to school shootings. See the section below for more resources on firearm safety.
In addition to elevating the prevention of gun violence, we also ask ourselves and our partners, particularly this month, to focus on increasing awareness of inequities facing LGBTQ+ youth. June is Pride Month and throughout this newsletter, you will find research and resources for supporting LGBTQ+ youth.
Resources and research on these topics are included in this newsletter. Resources from our Children's Safety Now Alliance partners are highlighted in purple.
Please widely share these resources with your networks.
Jennifer Leonardo, PhD
Children’s Safety Network Director