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April/May 2000  -  Volume 3  -  Issue 3

Child Abuse Prevention Month and The Blue Ribbon Campaign

In 1982, President Ronald Reagan declared by Presidential Proclamation that April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Since that time, child abuse prevention awareness activities have been promoted across the United States during April. In the spring of 1989, a Virginia grandmother, named Bonnie, began the blue ribbon campaign as a tribute to her grandson. The three-year-old died at the hands of his mother's abusive boyfriend. Since that time, concerned citizens all over the country have worn the blue ribbon as a symbol of the need to prevent child abuse and neglect. Bonnie sends this message to you: "The blue ribbon serves as a constant reminder to fight for protection for our children. We must protect our most precious gift of all…our children. Please wear a blue ribbon . . . put one on your car . . . give one to your friends . . . tell them my story . . . tell them what the blue ribbon means to you. In this small way, you may save a child's life."

The Blue Ribbon Campaign is gaining momentum nationally. It is one way that everyone in a community can play a role in child abuse prevention. Wearing a ribbon can be a reminder to think about the problem of child abuse. Others will want to wear a ribbon as a demonstration of concern and their commitment to finding solutions. It's a dynamic way to rally many kinds of people in your community to support programs that help parents and children.

Citizens and parents concerned about the problem of child abuse and neglect can be challenged to display a blue ribbon in every business, every church and synagogue, every school, every hospital, every home . . . everywhere the eye can see. Thousands across the nation have responded to this challenge each year in April.

(Source: The Family Source of Florida)

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