April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Apr 11, 2023 at 11:51 am by WGNS News

MUFREESBORO – “Every year, we serve hundreds of child abuse victims at the Child Advocacy Center,” said Community Education Coordinator Presley Hosford. “Join the Child Advocacy Center to celebrate National Child Abuse Prevention Month and learn how you can get involved this April!” 


Attend a Child Abuse Prevention Month Event - The Hometown Heroes Walk for Children will be held on Friday, April 28, 2023 at the Murfreesboro Civic Plaza, located at 111 West Vine Street, Murfreesboro. Complimentary shuttles will run from Oakland’s Park to the event kick-off from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Registration will start at 10:30 a.m., opening ceremony at 11:30 a.m., and the walk will begin at 12:00 noon. This FREE event will conclude with a boxed picnic lunch at the Oaklands Park pavilion. The park is located at 427 Roberts Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37130. For more information, please visit www.cacrutherford.org/events.

Wear Blue in April and Post Your Support on Social Media - Blue has been the color of National Child Abuse Prevention Month since 1989. Wear blue and post on social media using the National Children’s Alliance hashtags, #WearBlue2023 ato encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to be a voice for child abuse victims. Follow the Child Advocacy Center at www.cacrutherford.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CACRutherford, and on Instagram @CACRutherford, and the National Children’s Alliance on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NationalChildrensAlliance.

Get Your Organization Involved - It takes a community to end child abuse. Bring a group from your organization to the Hometown Heroes Walk for Children. Host a free Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention training for your organization, church, business, or civic group and learn the 5 Steps for recognizing, preventing, and reporting child abuse and child sexual abuse. Contact Presley Hosford at (615) 867-9000 or phosford@cacrutherford.org for more information or to schedule a training.

Report Child Abuse - Children’s safety is an adult’s responsibility. Every Tennessee adult is a mandatory reporter. Report suspected child abuse to the Department of Children’s Services at 1-877-237-0004.

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