Sunrise Children’s Services Joins with Owensboro Child Advocacy Community in Calling for End to Child Abuse

The Stand Event

Each year, thousands of children in the greater-Owensboro area fall victim to child abuse and neglect. Putting an end to this persistent social epidemic is the collective mission of Kentucky’s child advocacy community. To that end, Sunrise Children’s Services, Kentucky’s oldest provider of support services for abused and neglected children, will join with other agencies at the Stand Against Child Abuse, an event that’s become the focal point of National Child Abuse Prevention Month in the Owensboro community. This year’s rally is set for Thursday, April 14, from 4 to 6 p.m., in front of the Texas Gas Building at 3800 Frederica Street.

According to the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services (DCBS), more than 2,700 cases of abuse were investigated in Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, McLean, Ohio, Union, and Webster counties in 2014. These investigations led to 996 substantiated cases.

“Statistics reflect the scope of the problem but don’t reveal its human cost, the day-to-day physical and emotional toll it takes on children,” said Dale Suttles, president of Sunrise Children’s Services. “We confront the effects and see the consequences of child abuse and neglect every day. It destroys families and reinforces a cycle of hopelessness that no child should have to face. The numbers tell the story: more than 900 substantiated cases of child abuse prove that not enough is being done to protect our children. That’s the message we want to get across on April 14.”

Businesses along Frederica Street will help communicate that message with signs and blue pinwheels, which symbolize hope for an end to child abuse. Activities will include a bounce house and coloring stations for children, and refreshments will be available. Stand Against Child Abuse is sponsored by DCBS and the Green River Area Development District’s Community Collaboration for Children. Visit for more information.

Sunrise Children’s Services offers Kentucky’s hurting children and families a continuum of Christ-centered care, including therapeutic, residential and foster care programs for abused, abandoned, and victimized children throughout the state. Sunrise’s nonprofit ministry began in 1869 — today, it is a fully licensed behavioral health service organization helping change the lives of at-risk children throughout the Commonwealth. For more information or to learn how you can help a child in crisis, call 1.800.456.1386.

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Jake Pelfrey