Children's Colorado Recognizes Child Abuse Prevention Month
In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed that April was National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Since then, child abuse and neglect awareness activities have been promoted across the country during April of each year.
This year, Children's Hospital Colorado and The Kempe Center partnered with Be the One Colorado, a state-wide community outreach effort to promote the prevention of child abuse and neglect. The Kick-off Rally on April 1 on the West Steps of the Capitol included speakers Colorado Department of Human Services Director Reggie Bicha, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Senator Linda Newell, Denver Broncos Wesley Woodyard, parent mentors, youth advocates,and members of the child abuse prevention community.
Do your part: Take a stand against shaken baby syndrome
Together with our partners, The Kempe Center and Kohl's, Children's Colorado has undertaken a campaign to end Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) and other forms of abusive head trauma -- the leading cause of death among child abuse cases in the United States.
You can help bring healing and hope to abused and neglected children by taking a stand against the most preventable form of child abuse. Learn more about shaken baby syndrome and get tips on how to calm a crying baby.
Lunch and learn open to the public
As part of April Child Abuse Prevention Month activities,Children's Colorado will host a Kids' Health Policy Lunch & Learn: How can we as a Community Protect our Children? on Wednesday, April 3.
In response to the "Failed to Death" series by 9News and The Denver Post, child abuse professionals will discuss current and proposed Colorado legislation; new collaboration between the state, The Kempe Center, and Children's Hospital Colorado including SafeCare and the Colorado Child Welfare Training System; and what we can do as individuals to make a difference to protect our children from abuse and neglect.
Speakers at the lunch and learn:
- Des Runyan: Executive Director, The Kempe Center
- John Faught: Kempe Board of Directors/Advocacy Committee Chair/Attorney
About the Blue Ribbon Campaign
In 1989, the Blue Ribbon Campaign to Prevent Child Abuse started 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.
At our hospital on Anschutz Medical Campus, blue lights and ribbons were lit along Children's Way outside the hospital, and additional blue ribbons were installed on The Gary Pavilion and around Denver. The blue ribbons are a reminder that each of us must get involved to help prevent child abuse and neglect.