Chambers County Attorney Scott Peal helps launch blue balloons for Child Abuse Prevention month. Scott is President of the Bridgehaven’s Board of Directors.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention month, a time to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect and create strong communities to support children and families. All too often, residents of Liberty and Chambers counties prefer to believe that child abuse is something that happens in other places and to other children. Tragically, this is simply not the case and pretending otherwise is a disservice to every child in our area. Crime Victims’ Rights Week is April 22-28, 2012 and this year’s theme is “Extending the Vision: Reaching Every Victim”, which captures the spirit and resolve needed to realize our common goal of reaching each victim in need of hope and help, one victim at a time. Throughout the month of April, efforts will be made to increase awareness of this problem that plagues all communities.

Last Wednesday Bridgehaven Children’s Advocacy Center held their 3rd Annual Balloon Release for Child Abuse Prevention Month in front of the Chambers County Courthouse. 241 balloons were released to represent the number of victims seen at the center in the year 2011.

In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Bridgehaven will conduct several activities to intensify public awareness of this growing concern. All through the month of April we have speaking engagements at different schools and clubs to promote child abuse awareness and prevention. When you think of child abuse think “blue”. In 1989, the Blue Ribbon Campaign to Prevent Child Abuse began as a Virginia grandmother’s tribute to her grandson who died as a result of abuse. She tied a blue ribbon to the antenna of her car as a way to remember him and to alert her community to the tragedy of child abuse. The Blue Ribbon Campaign has since expanded across the country, and many wear blue ribbons each April in memory of those who have died as a result of child abuse.

“Our goal is to break the cycle of abuse, one child at a time,” says Meagan Mitchell, Executive Director of Bridgehaven CAC.

 

64 centers have been established throughout Texas with this very purpose in mind. Each center is a member of Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas, a non-profit, state association that promotes and supports the development of local centers just like Bridgehaven.

Our mission is to give hope and care to the children of Liberty and Chambers counties who are victims of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. We will foster a working relationship with the governmental agencies of the two counties assigned to protect and defend victims.

For more information on child abuse prevention; events and activities scheduled during April; or to schedule our free child abuse presentations or information on Bridgehaven, contact us at 936-258-0400 or visit our website at www.bridgehavencac.org. If you would like to volunteer at any of our events please feel free to contact Meagan Mitchell atmmitchell@bridgehavencac.org.