Friday, April 4, 2014
Throughout April, Dorchester Children’s Center, Dorchester County Council, and the Town of Summerville are joining the National Children’s Alliance and its thousands of members and supporters across the country to bring much needed attention to the issues of child abuse intervention and prevention.
The Children’s Advocacy Center movement has launched the Stand Up, Step Forward campaign, which is intended to inspire victims to disclose their abuse and adults to take action and report it. The Dorchester Children’s Center is not only drawing attention to this issue by promoting the Stand Up, Step Forward campaign, but is also conducting a number of other activities to recognizes the importance of awareness raising and community education about child abuse.
On March 31 at the Summerville Town Hall, Mayor Bill Collins, Summerville, and Chairman Bill Hearn, Dorchester County Council presented and signed proclamations from the Town of Summerville and Dorchester County Council, to Kay Phillips, DCC Executive Director, designating April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.
“Our County, Township, and local community have been very supportive of the work we do for children and this is further indication of their level of commitment to serve children in need.” Phillips said.
Dorchester Children’s Center will design a “Pinwheels for Prevention Garden” in the front of the center for the month of April. Pinwheels for Prevention is the new national symbol for child abuse prevention in support of healthy child development. Dorchester Children’s Center will also have a community booth at the annual Flowertown Festival on April 4-6 and a booth at the YMCA Eggstravaganza on April 19 at The Ponds. In Addition, Pinewood Preparatory will be partnering with the Children’s Center at their Pinewood Back Nine 5K Fun Run/Walk which will kick-off at 7:45 a.m. on Apr. 26 at Legend Oaks Golf and Tennis Club.
For more information on how to get involved in these local events, visit www.dorchesterchildren.org. For information about Stand Up, Step Forward, visit www.HelpVictimsBecomeSurvivors.org.