Wear Blue for Child Abuse Prevention Month
April 1st marks the beginning of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and we encourage everyone to wear blue on Friday, April 1st, to show support for the essential work needed to ensure safer, healthier futures for all children. Now, more than ever, we need to raise awareness for the physical, emotional and mental well-being of children and their families.
According to Prevent Child Abuse America, child abuse and neglect affect over 1 million children every year. Raising awareness within our community is the first step to bringing that number down. By sharing prevention services and support systems that protect at-risk families, we play an active role in improving the lives of youth. We encourage you to participate in Wear Blue Day so we can raise awareness and share resources that aid children and their families/caregivers.
The meaning behind wearing blue comes from a grandmother from Virginia who lost her grandson to child abuse and neglect. In remembrance of her late grandson, she tied a blue ribbon to the antenna of her car. That one small ribbon spiraled into millions of people wearing blue to spread the word about preventing child abuse. Think of wearing blue as that ribbon, one small act that could lead to many positive outcomes.
We encourage everyone to show their support for National Child Abuse Prevention Month by wearing blue this Friday to advocate for safer communities and households for children everywhere!