Covenant Children's Report - Child Abuse Awareness Month

The YWCA, local law enforcement and elected officials gathered this morning to kick off child abuse awareness month.

Blue pinwheels, balloons, paper dolls and blue T-shirts are on display around town this week as the area kicks off National Child Abuse Prevention Month. You can be a part of the solution by learning about the needs of children and families in our community, speaking out on behalf of children's issues, advocating for proven prevention, donating to charities that work to prevent child abuse and neglect, and supporting family or friends who are under stress.

It's not that "stranger danger" isn't still unsafe, it just means educating both parents and children on prevention and research is an important step.

"Having them placed here at Lima Memorial just shows the outstretch of partnership in this community", Cyndi Scanland with Allen County Children Services said. Its premise is to encourage children not to talk to strangers in hopes of keeping them safe, particularly from sexual abuse.

"I have found CASA to be an immensely positive and effective addition to the processing of child neglect and abuse cases in Dorchester County", said Dorchester County Circuit Court Judge Brett Wilson at a CASA event several years ago. Case workers planted blue pinwheels this morning shining a light on child abuse victims.

As every parent knows, raising children is hard. All proceeds will go to support child abuse prevention efforts conducted by all three partner organizations. It's time we take a stand against all forms of child abuse in our state and in our great nation! "It is a simple message to us to speak out", says Allen.

"At Prevent Child Abuse America we believe secure, valued children grow up to be influential, life-changing adults", said Yolanda Harris, executive board member for Prevent Child Abuse America and CEO of The Keynote Group.

"It creates a big problem because you have individuals who are afraid of seeking services because there is fear that their children will be taken away, and they will be reprimanded in some fashion", says Krueger.

Really listen to a child if they disclose a situation or person who is harming them.

  • Ernesto Newman