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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

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To the Editor,
April is Prevent Child Abuse Month and the theme this year is  “It’s Your Turn to Make a Difference.” The Washington County Homemakers are trying to make a difference by making people aware of this problem. In 2010 in Kentucky there were 61,754 children reported as abused or neglected and 19,500 children substantiated. In Washington County there were 116 reported and 48 substantiated.
On April 8 at 5 p.m. there will be a Candlelight Service in front of the old courthouse. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend – learn ways you can help. A  “Blue Ribbon” barn quilt will be on display and if you will make a commitment to Help a Child, Not Harm a Child, you may sign the quilt. In case of rain the program will be held in the courtroom.
Child Abuse is a community concern we can all help prevent. If you know a young mother having a hard time, offer to take care of a child or children for a few hours. Read a child a book or let a child help plant a garden. These seem like little things to us, but big things to a child.
Pick up a blue ribbon and wear it each day in April to show your support.
For more information or to report child abuse call 1-800-CHILDREN.

Pat Sutton
BRC Chairperson
Washington County Homemaker