Stevenson Elementary's display for April Child Abuse Awareness
Elementary’s Family Resource Youth Services Coordinator, Carol Kees, stated the
blue ribbons are hung, some pinwheels have been set, and April has begun.
She was told in a meeting a few years back that more reports of suspected
abuse/neglect were received in April than in any other month, and that this is
simply contributed to the awareness events that are held in April. The
SES K-Kids and the SES Academic team will be participating in the annual Child
Abuse Awareness Event to be held on the square Wednesday, April 18, at
10:30am. They will join others who will walk the circle around the square
and then down to the historic courthouse, where Mayor, Mark Stratton, and Logan
County Judge Executive, Logan Chick, will read declarations proclaiming April
as Child Abuse Awareness Month in Russellville and Logan County. The
story of the Blue Ribbon will also be read. Mrs. Kees encouraged everyone
to drive by the historic courthouse, and take time to notice each and every
blue ribbon attached to the black iron fence. Each one represents a
report of child abuse/neglect in Logan County during the past year. Also,
notice the blue and silver pinwheels, one for each substantiated case reported
during the last year. One is too many, rows and rows are just plain sad.
To know that Kentucky ranks second in the nation, that's just
plain disheartening. Although there has been a lot of education
throughout Kentucky and Indiana to try to reduce the number of children dying
from abuse, it’s apparent that we still have plenty more work to do.
Kentucky is a mandatory reporting state, meaning everyone age 18 and older is
legally bound to report any suspected abuse/neglect of a child. Reporting
is NOT an option, it is legally required.