The Child Advocacy Center will celebrate Child Abuse Awareness Month with the Hometown Heroes Walk for Children on Friday, April 21, 2017 at the Murfreesboro Civic Plaza, downtown on the square.
In the three counties that CASA serves, there are hundreds of reported cases of child abuse.
Child abuse prevention is a community responsibility and the CAC has activities planned for the month of April to engage the community to stand up to child abuse.
The ceremony centered on sharing local statistics and ways to help families avoid starting or continuing a cycle of abuse on both personal and political levels.
Almost 700,000 children are abused each year in the United States.
Mary Beth Bonaventura, a retired Lake County judge and current director of the Indiana Department of Child Services, said adults can not simply pretend they do not see child abuse.
But who is supposed to report child abuse?
"We must work collectively", he said, to invest in mental health and substance abuse treatment facilities, safe and affordable housing, and wholesome education. A family fun day has been planned for April 29th at John Stiff Park- all proceeds go directly to CASA and CASA staff will be on hand to educate families on how to get involved with foster children.
But child abuse awareness has to be more than being aware child abuse is an issue not just in our country and our state, but in our towns and villages. Each year, an estimated 12,000 child abuse complaints are lodged in the county, Kennedy said. "The highest number is under the age of 1". Physical abuse also includes failure to make a reasonable effort to prevent an action by another person that results in physical injury that results in substantial harm to the child. "I always encourage anyone who is concerned for a child to call the 24-hour Child Abuse Hotline at 800-25-ABUSE".