Cobb County, Ga.’s SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center wasted no time getting started on April’s Child Abuse Prevention Month activities, holding a kick-off event Friday morning. Attended by a large crowd of parents, police officials, and politicians braving the cold spring weather, the event shone a light on the importance of preventing child abuse.
The Walker School’s Lower School Chorus warmed up the crowd with a song before turning it over to a succession of speakers, including WSB-TV anchor Linda Stouffer and state Rep. Stacey Evans (D-Smyrna).
SafePath Board President Ed Lee spoke first, reminding the audience that child abuse prevention is an “active process.”
It’s important to keep our eyes open and watch for signs of abuse, he said, a message that Rep. Evans reiterated.
“We need to talk to our friends and colleagues about getting involved,” Rep. Evans said.
Child abuse is often a self-perpetuating cycle, Evans said. Thirty percent of abused children will grow up to abuse their own children, so it is even more important to stop the violence now.