Exchange Club of Rosenberg observes Child Abuse Awareness Month
The Blue Ribbon Campaign began in Virginia in 1989 when a grandmother, Bonnie W. Finney, tied a blue ribbon to the antenna of her van “to make people wonder.” The explanation she gave to inquisitive community members was a tragic story about the abuse of her grandchildren, which ultimately led to the brutal death of her grandson.
She tied a blue ribbon to the antenna of her car as a way to remember him and to alert her community to the tragedy of child abuse. Why blue – because she never wanted to forget the battered, bruised bodies of her grandchildren? The story of Bonnie Finney demonstrates the effect that just one concerned citizen can have on raising public awareness of child abuse and in promoting prevention.
According to Child Advocates of Fort Bend some 66,000 children were abused in Texas last year. The Exchange Club of Rosenberg encourages everyone to report any suspicions of child abuse or neglect by calling the Texas Abuse Hotline 1-800-252-5400.
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