A large group of area school children, community members and elected officials gathered on the Russellville square on Wednesday to commemorate Child Abuse Prevention Month.
The were joined by representatives from Protection and Permanency, the Family Enrichment Center, the Barren River Area Child Advocacy Center, Hope Harbor and the Barren River Area Safe Space - organizations that help the victims of child abuse here in Logan County.
After a short history lesson about the past of Child Abuse Prevention Month, the group marched around the square and to the historic Logan County courthouse where Judge/Executive Logan Chick and Russellville Mayor Mark Stratton signed a joint proclamation officially recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month here.
Everyone put on a blue ribbon for the event and many wore all blue in solidarity for the cause.
“Child Abuse Prevention Month and the blue ribbon campaign were started by a grandmother, Bonnie Finney, after she lost her grandson to abuse,” said Missy Perry of Logan County Protection & Permanency. “She said, ‘I intend to never forget the battered, bruised bodies of my grandchildren. Blue serves as a constant reminder to me to fight for the protection for our children.’”
The fence alongside the courthouse lawn was decorated with 325 blue ribbons, representing the number of children reported to have been abused and/or neglected in Logan County and 117 blue pinwheels, representing the number of children in Logan County that were found to be abused and/or neglected.
“Child abuse is preventable through education and community support,” Perry said. “The agencies represented today provide services to children and parents that include parenting classes, children’s educational programs, support groups, community awareness, crisis intervention and safe environments for children and their families.”