APRIL MARKS OBSERVANCE OF CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTHby Susan Rigney on 04/02/12
Jim Powell, Chair of Prevent Child Abuse Riverside County – Coachella Valley,
Prevent Child Abuse – Coachella Valley, the local Child Abuse Council announces, “April is Prevent Child Abuse Month.” Prevent Child Abuse Month has been celebrated in April since its first presidential proclamation in 1983. In April, individuals, organizations, private and governmental agencies join together to raise the public’s awareness of child abuse and its prevention.
The BLUE RIBBON is the national symbol to remember every child who has suffered and died due to neglect and abuse and is support of efforts to prevent child abuse.
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.
During April, pin a BLUE RIBBON on your lapel, dress, car or any place where it will serve to remind others that child abuse can be prevented. Join the Council in focusing on the care and protection of our most valuable asset, our children. By addressing the needs of families and children, we can make our communities strong. Together, we can make a difference!
In 2001, according to Prevent Child Abuse America, the nation’s leading child abuse prevention agency, the United States spent $258 million each day as a direct or indirect result of abuse or neglect of our nation’s children. The annual costs of child abuse are equivalent to $1,461.66 per family in the United States.
Please call, Prevent Child Abuse – Coachella Valley at (760) 862-5630 for further information. Your call will be returned.
To report Child Abuse in Riverside County, call - 1-800-442-4918.