April is Child Abuse Prevention/Awareness month and on Tuesday, April 12 at 11 a.m. Logan County’s Protection & Permanency will be sponsoring the sixth annual “Walk Around the Square” event. Organizers invite all community partners, school children, community officials and the general public to meet and walk around the Russellville Square in remembrance of those children that have been abused in Logan County.
Participants will hear the story of the blue ribbon campaign and then walks to the historic Logan County Courthouse for the proclamation reading announcing April as Child Abuse Prevention/Awareness month.
“The more community education there is in recognizing child abuse as a prevalent factor in children’s lives, the more likely we as citizens will engage with families to offer a helping hand when we see families in a potential crisis,” said Missy Perry, Family Services Office Supervisor of Logan County Protection & Permanency. “It is not just up to “Social Services” to address the issue. It takes the entire community to keep our children safe.”
Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky asks have you ever taken time to ask yourself “what do we want for our children?” Everyone who answers would say we want our Commonwealth to provide an equal playing field for all our children; we want all children to have great childhoods, to succeed in school, and to grow into healthy and productive citizens. Yet somehow, this doesn’t always seem to be reflected in either our attitudes, or actions, toward our children. According to Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, there are numbers to support that statement too.
Every year more than 3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States involving more than 6 million children (a report can include multiple children). The United States has one of the worst records among industrialized nations – losing on average between four and seven children every day to child abuse and neglect.
Yearly, referrals to state child protective services involve 6.3 million children, and around 3 million of those children are subject to an investigated report.
If we really want to do better for children, we can’t just rely on the government. We have to recognize we all play a role in the lives of children and families, and each of us has both the ability to promote the kind of actions and factors that help families thrive, while reducing the risk factors for child abuse and neglect, says Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky.
Susan Evans, Social Services Clinician and Chief, says that this event is a great way for everyone in the community to come together for awareness to recognize child abuse. “The blue ribbon and pinwheel presentation reflects the everyday struggles that the children of Logan County encounter,” said Evans.
Kasey Reynolds, Social Services Worker, says that this ceremony shines a light to what her agency can’t always talk about in public due to confidentiality. “The display of blue ribbons and pinwheels helps the community recognize the number of children that have been abused,” said Reynolds.
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