IL hospital goes blue for Child Abuse Prevention Month

Child abuse prevention highlighted

On Friday, in Tifton, law enforcement and other professionals met to bring awareness to child abuse and trafficking in South Georgia.

Blue ribbons are also festooned around the campus of the Hospital Sisters Health System hospital for the monthlong observation, and the facility is lighting the south face of its patient tower blue.

We must dispel the notion that child abuse is a crime of faceless, nameless perpetrators.

"We want our kids to grow up safe and happy and healthy, and to do that we need a village", said Amanda Brunson, head of Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana, during a meeting at City Hall to kick off the awareness campaign.

Patricia Russmann, executive director of Promise Partners in Council Bluffs, said Saturday's event was the fifth annual gathering for Proclamation on the Bridge.

The training summit held by the organization Alliance for Children encourages the community to address and end child maltreatment in Georgia.

Child abuse and neglect respects no racial or religious class or geographic boundaries.

He said it's easy to get pigeonholed in the circle of one's family and friends and forget to "open our eyes to what's going on around us".

"There's something about when you become a parent, these statistics start to hit you a bit more", Hunter said.

The judge noted that her task of parsing which of the couple's actions contributed to which of the children's injuries was one that could have been handled by the jury in 2015, if prosecutors hadn't removed that requirement from the jury instructions.

Prevention tools include being aware of signs of abuse, reporting abuse and ensuring parents have the resources available to care for their children.

As we know, a number of those who gave evidence to the inquiry have sadly passed away, underlining the urgency of this matter and the importance of finding a way of delivering on the report.



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