Hundreds Join Louisville Rally to Recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month

Bridge Walk

Sunrise Children’s Services joined with numerous supporters Wednesday, March 30, at the Big Four Bridge in Louisville, Ky., to kick off April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Rally to End Child Abuse, organized by Family & Children’s Place and the Kosair Charities’ Face It® Movement, was attended by hundreds who walked the bridge as a symbolic show of support for protecting children from child abuse and neglect.

Among many other speakers at the press conference, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin spoke to the crowd saying, “This issue unites us because it’s a cause we can all support.”

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear and Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller attended the event in partnership to pledge each state’s support for the important cause, emphasizing that we must all do what we can to prevent children from having these permanent scars from abuse and neglect. Beshear commented, “All children are equal in the eyes of God, and all of them deserve our love.”

Steve Conrad, Louisville’s Chief of Police, shared helpful tips with the crowd on how to recognize child abuse and the ways it can be reported to authorities.

April is recognized as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Kentucky and all across the U.S. Last year, Kentucky Child Protective Services investigated 54,177 alleged cases of abuse and neglect. These incidents involved more than 73,000 children. One in eight American children will experience maltreatment by the age 18.

Written by Melissa Bailey, Sunrise Associate Director of Communications.

Jake Pelfrey