Gallery: Local Organization brings Awareness to Child Abuse in a Unique Way
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
To bring awareness, members of the Start Corporation promoted child abuse prevention on Wednesday by participating in the “Tie One To End Child Abuse” campaign, rocking some vibrant and unique ties to give a message to the community that “the only thing uglier than child abuse is a society that ignores it.”
“It is very important to support this campaign now more than ever. Many child abuse cases are reported by teachers,” said Amy Bradley, Marketing Director for Start Corporation. “Without the kids in school, there may be children at risk. It is important to provide support for our “little ones” in the community who are not able to help themselves.”
Ascent Houma, a nonprofit that focuses on youth who are at risk of being placed out-of-home or in an alternative school, also participated in the campaign and provided coloring sheets for children to do. More information on Ascent can be found here.
Start Corporation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to “promote opportunities, which enhance the self-sufficiency of people who are impaired in their abilities to live and function independently.” Its programs provide supportive housing, case management, social skills training, residential services, a clubhouse and peer to peer program for people with low income and/or behavioral, physical or developmental challenges and disabilities. More information can be found here.
“Our therapists see abused kids on a daily basis,” Bradley added. “The only way to ensure that they get the help they need is to report any suspected abuse to Child Protective Services: 1-800-422-4453.”