March 29, 2005
National Effort to Educate America in Wearing The Blue Awareness Ribbon of National Child Abuse Prevention Month
April marks the 22nd anniversary of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time dedicated to child abuse education, awareness and prevention activities. Observing National Child Abuse Prevention month, Love Our Children USA, (a national organization headquartered in New York whose mission is to break the cycle that victimizes children) kicks off their GET BLUE campaign – a national effort to educate and raise awareness for the Blue Ribbon and Child Abuse Prevention.
New York (PRWEB) March 29, 2005 -- As the "Blue Ribbon" is the symbol for child abuse prevention, Love Our Children USA urges every person across the country to GET BLUE. By wearing a Blue Ribbon pin or Love Our Children USA’s Break The Cycle Blue Ribbon Awareness Bracelet during April and throughout the year, we can educate families, children, neighbors, organizations and communities on how to prevent child abuse and neglect -- encourage community and individual involvement in recognizing and preventing child abuse and neglect – assist families in achieving healthy parenting practices through education and resources and empower individuals to report child victimization and intervene in situations where violence and neglect harm children.
Reports of child abuse nationwide have increased by 30-percent in the last 10-years. If the country thinks child abuse isn't a problem, they should think again. More than 3 million children are victims of child abuse each year and almost 1.8 million children are reported missing each year, many of whom are abducted from their homes and front yards. Those are only the ones that are reported. Child abuse has reached epidemic proportions.
We can no longer overlook America’s children who are at risk and peril every day … and at even greater risk in times of stress. “It is of critical importance that we educate the American public and raise a greater awareness to break the cycle that victimizes children – before it starts,” says Ross Ellis, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Love Our Children, USA.
Celebrities and the entertainment industry, as well as corporations have joined Love Our Children USA’s efforts to GET BLUE and break the cycle. Many already wear Blue Ribbon pins and Love Our Children USA’s Break The Cycle Blue Ribbon Awareness Bracelet which can be purchased through Love Our Children USA.
A child's voice is small, ignored and unheard. We must raise the volume so that everyone hears their message. Ellis said “Imagine if everyone in the country wore a Blue Ribbon -- if every community, business, school, faith organization, hospital and home displayed a Blue Ribbon -- we could make such an impact in raising awareness to break the cycle that breaks children's hearts ... their lives ... and their spirit.”
National Child Abuse Prevention Month is not only a timely opportunity to remind ourselves of our collective responsibility to protect America’s children and strengthen America’s families, but it is time to accelerate education and awareness of this very public epidemic. The country, our communities, concerned citizens, and even youth must work together to break the cycle.
Love Our Children USA is the leading national grassroots organization that honors, respects and protects children. As a voice for children, they celebrate them and the loving relationship we should have with them. Their mission is to break the cycle that victimizes children. They
work to enable child success by eliminating behaviors that keep children from reaching their potential. They promote positive changes in parenting and family attitudes, along with behaviors and prevention strategies through public education campaigns. Love Our Children USA works to empower and support children, teens, parents and families through information, resources, advocacy and online youth mentoring.
Visit the Love Our Children USA websites at
www.loveourchildrenusa.org and www.until-the-cycle-breaks.org
Contact Ross Ellis, 888.347.KIDS
Posted by Nancy at March 29, 2005 10:05 AM