Sunrise rallies alongside state officials, community partners to commemorate Child Abuse Prevention Month


Sunrise Children’s Services joined with state officials, community-based action groups, and concerned citizens March 28 and 29 to focus attention on child abuse, a chronic social problem that impacts tens of thousands of Kentuckians each year.April is Child Abuse Prevention Month nationwide.

On March 28, Sunrise representatives helped place thousands of blue pinwheels on the front lawn of the state capitol in Frankfort, a gesture of hope for the more than 70,000 Kentucky children reported as having been victimized or having required services as a result of abuse or neglect in 2016. Gov. Matt Bevin, who attended the event, noted that one in five girls and one in 10 boys in Kentucky are likely to experience abuse or neglect in some form.

“Children who are subjected to a less-than-perfect childhood are more likely to continue the cycle of abuse,” Bevin said, urging all Kentuckians to “become a part of the solution.”

The scene shifted to Louisville on March 29, when the nonprofit agency Family & Children’s Place hosted the Rally to End Child Abuse at the Big Four Bridge. Pam Darnall, president and CEO of Family & Children’s Place, called for a renewed commitment to helping the state’s victimized children. Darnall said the number of substantiated child abuse cases in Kentucky has risen by 55 percent over the past four years.

“There should be no politics in protecting children. It is everyone’s responsibility,” she said. “We must raise healthy, happy children who are free from abuse.”

Child Abuse Prevention Month commemorations continue Friday, April 7, which has been declared Wear Blue Day throughout Kentucky.

Written by Chris Jones, Associate Director of Communications.

Jake Pelfrey