Monday, April 11, 2016
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. It is the duty of each of us to ensure the social and well being of children and families in our communities. To help raise awareness for Child Abuse Prevention Month, blue ribbons will be worn These ribbons are symbol of a happy carefree childhood and the belief that getting it right for kids early is less costly than trying to fix problems after things go wrong. Everyone has a role to play in preventing child abuse and supporting families in our community.
April 1983 was the first National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Since that time many groups including family advocates and child welfare groups hae joined together and hosted educational programs. THey have also raised both awareness and funds to help make the public aware of the fact that child abuse is present and what to look for
There are several forms of child abuse. They include emotional , neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse and verbal abuse. Each of them holding the power to be devastating to a child. The movement of the blue ribbon was started by a grandmother from Virginia. Her grand-son at the age of 3 years old was found dead after enduring abuse by his mother's boyfriend. She tied a blue ribbon on the antenna of her car as a tribute to the young boy. The ribbon was to symbolize the black and blue bruises worn by her grand-son The idea caught on and more and more individuals started sporting blue ribbons.
Your neighborhood or one close by may also hold a candlelight vigil during the month of April to remember all children who were afflicted by child abuse.