April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 9, 2018 GMT

All too often, residents of Liberty and Chambers counties prefer to believe that child abuse is something that happens in other places and to other children. Tragically, this is simply not the case and pretending otherwise is a disservice to every child in our area.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention month, a time to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect and create strong communities to support children and families. Crime Victims’ Rights Week is April 8-14, 2018, and this year’s theme is “Expand The Circle, Reach All Victims,” which means by engaging our community leaders and organizations in the work to support crime victims, we provide new avenues for victims and enhance our ability to serve them. Throughout the month of April, efforts will be made to increase awareness of this problem that plagues all communities.

Last year alone, 315 new child abuse cases were reported to Bridgehaven Children’s Advocacy Center. The serious nature of this problem is of major concern, because children in our community are being victimized and robbed of their childhood.

In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Bridgehaven will conduct activities to intensify public awareness of this growing concern. All through the month of April we have speaking engagements at different schools and clubs to promote child abuse awareness and prevention. When you think of child abuse think “blue.”

In 1989, the Blue Ribbon Campaign to Prevent Child Abuse began as a Virginia grandmother’s tribute to her grandson who died as a result of abuse. She tied a blue ribbon to the antenna of her car as a way to remember him and to alert her community to the tragedy of child abuse. The Blue Ribbon Campaign has since expanded across the country, and many wear blue ribbons each April in memory of those who have died as a result of child abuse.

Our mission is to give hope and care to the children of Liberty and Chambers counties who are victims of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. We will foster a working relationship with the governmental agencies of the two counties assigned to protect and defend victims.

For more information on child abuse prevention, events and activities scheduled during April, or to schedule our free child abuse presentations or information on Bridgehaven, contact 936-258-0400 or visit www.bridgehavencac.org. If you would like to volunteer at any of Bridgehaven CAC events, please feel free to contact Meagan Croker at mcroker@bridgehavencac.org.