April marks the 22nd anniversary of National Child Abuse Prevention Month; a time
dedicated to child abuse education, awareness and prevention activities.
By Christin Marchbanks
Observing National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Lassen Family and Child Protective Services, as well as several other local agencies, will host several events to bring awareness of Child Abuse to Lassen County residents.
In addition to other events, an open house will be held at the Department of Health and Human Services at 1445 Paul Bunyan Road from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19. Staff will serve hot dogs and hamburgers and discuss child abuse prevention.
"Child abuse is not predominant in Lassen County but it is an issue wherever you live," said Jessica Herman, interim director of LFCPS. "We want to bring the community knowledge of what to look out for, what to do and how to help."
According to Ross Ellis, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Love Our Children USA, approximately 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," said Ellis. "Child abuse has reached epidemic proportions.
"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."
Love Our Children USA is the leading national grassroots organization that honors, respects and protects children. Their mission is to break the cycle that victimizes children.
"We can no longer overlook America 's children who are at risk and peril everyday," said Ellis. "It is of critical importance we educate the American public and raise a greater awareness to break the cycle that victimizes children — before it starts."
Because the "Blue Ribbon" is the symbol for child abuse prevention, Ellis strongly urges everyone to "Get Blue" and wear a ribbon through the month of April.
For the full story, see the April 5 issue of the Lassen County Times.