Blue shines light on child abuse
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Child Advocacy Program (CAP) is hoping to shine a light on this issue in Chautauqua County. Blue is the signature color for this awareness month so CAP will be selling blue light bulbs in hopes that we can blanket our communities in blue to start conversations and spread awareness about child abuse.
Nearly 700,000 children are abused in the U.S. each year (National Children’s Alliance) yet it is an issue not openly discussed. CAP provided services to 480 children in 2020, and those are just the cases that were reported. The more we can recognize the signs and frequency of child abuse, the safer a child may feel in opening up when something is happening to them. Childhood trauma may have lasting effects on a person, resulting in unhealthy lifestyles and choices. CAP’s mission is to end child abuse in Chautauqua County. When abuse occurs, CAP coordinates a community response to bring healing, hope and justice to these children and families.
If you are interested in raising awareness about child abuse and supporting CAP, please go to CAP’s website at capjustice.org to purchase a blue lightbulb. They are available for a donation of $20 each and can be picked up at CAP.
Please display it proudly by putting the blue bulbs in your outdoor lights so people can see and know that you are starting the conversation by raising awareness of child abuse. Send pictures of your shining blue light to email@example.com where it will be displayed on CAP’s Facebook page and you will be entered for a chance to win a prize.