April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2011 8:02 pm

Individuals and communities throughout Tennessee are gearing up for Child Abuse Prevention Month, which is recognized throughout the month of April each year.
“Child Abuse Prevention Month promotes the message that strong families and strong communities can help prevent child abuse and neglect before it even happens because we all play a part in strengthening the community we live in and the family we live with,” a spokesman said.
Everyone has a part to play in preventing child abuse and neglect, by supporting programs that support families, welcoming and reaching out to neighbors, being a mentor or a role model for a child, volunteering at a local family resource center or a parent support group.
Upcoming events include:
• Friday — In celebration of the beginning of Child Abuse Prevention month, let’s paint Tennessee blue!  Blue is the representative color of child abuse prevention. Everyone across the state and in every community is encouraged to deck themselves out in blue this year on April 1, Wear Blue Day in Tennessee.
“Please join the fight and support child abuse prevention through this simple act. Raid your closets for blue, and share with everyone you encounter on April 1 that you are wearing blue in honor and celebration of children in Tennessee,” a spokesman said, adding “Even the Tennessee Capitol building will be decked out in blue, as the lights surrounding the Capitol go blue on April 1.”
• Monday, 3:30 p.m. — Join officials at Legislative Plaza for a reading of the proclamation declaring April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Tennessee. Invited speakers include Kate O’Day, commissioner of the Department of Children’s Services; Julius Johnson, commissioner of the Department of Agriculture; and Raquel Hatter, commissioner of the Department of Human Services. Afterwards, Child Abuse Prevention Partners from across the state will be recognized on the floors of the House and Senate at the opening of Legislative Session.
• Tuesday, 8 a.m. — Child Abuse Prevention Partners from across the state will be active in Legislative Plaza with informational booths and Pinwheels for Prevention.
• Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. — First lady Crissy Haslam will be planting a Pinwheel Garden at the Tennessee State Capitol in honor of child abuse prevention.
• April 28 — Taste of Spring benefiting Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee. Join PCAT and the city of Nashville for an evening of wine, beer and hors d’evours and a silent auction to benefit Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee. This event is held at the Farmer’s Market and boasts live music and local beer and food, and a wonderful selection of wines. Tickets are $35 for individual tickets, $70 for two, $105 for three and $120 for four. Tickets can be purchased online at www.pcat.org.

Published in The Messenger 3.31.11

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