Opening ceremonies held for Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 22, 2019

The opening ceremonies for the Child Abuse Prevention Month were held at the Jefferson County Courthouse on April 5 at 1 p.m. Kim Tate began the program by welcoming and thanking everyone that came to this much needed event. Prayer was led by Randy Steele, followed by a moment of silence for the child abuse victims of Jefferson County.

Mayor John Lewis was introduced to read the proclamation from the city. He also spoke on the importance in investing in our young children. Brittney Hale from Prevent Child Abuse Illinois spoke next about what that program is about and how you can help the children.

Paige Beck, a former child abuse victim, came to the podium and shared her story and the terrible child abuse she went through by a family member. She told everyone that if you yourself are going through any abuse you should tell someone and report it immediately. She stated that there are programs and people out there to keep you safe and protect you. She spoke about her mother that has gotten clean and has helped her.

Another strong woman in her life was her Nana. This was so important for her to speak as well as the people in attendance to hear her story.

Kim Tate closed by sharing some of the local events that will be happening to assist programs that are helping children. Many of the local restaurants are hosting dine in events where a percentage of the proceeds for a particular evening will go to several programs.

Children in the third grade class of Dr. Nick Osborne sang at the end of the program. The choir director, Janet Sinks, led the children in singing. All children in attendance got to plant pin wheels to show their support for Child Abuse Prevention Month. The planting of the pinwheels and putting out of blue ribbons began in 1983.

There are three million reports of child abuse reported each year. It is time that we all step up to help our children that are suffering from any type of abuse and neglect. Be there for all of our children and volunteer and help spread the word