Blue Kids Initiative

Published 04/01 2013 03:52PM

Updated 04/01 2013 06:30PM

Update: 3:52 pm, 4/1/13, Monday
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- The county is going blue for Child Abuse Prevention Month. CASA and Crisis Nursery kicked off their campaign Monday.

You've probably seen "blue kids" around town. They represent children who suffer from abuse or neglect. You can find them at more than 30-sites in the county.

First responders are also showing support. They'll display blue ribbon magnets on their vehicles throughout the month.

Original: 5:20 pm, 3/30/13, Saturday
CHAMPAIGN -- All over town, there are blue cutouts of children. They're the beginning of a community project to shed light on child abuse. It's called the Blue Kids Initiative.

Organizers put out the wooden silhouettes of two children to remind passersby child abuse is a reality. Neglect is reportedly the number one form of childhood abuse in America and the Silent Witness Campaign hopes to encourage community members to speak out.

"They can see it here. They know they have a safe place, a safe haven, to come and nothing bad will happen to them."

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Children's Advocacy Center is teaming up with Champaign County CASA, Crisis Nursery and the Don Moyers Boys and Girls Club. In case you were wondering why they're blue, it's the official color of Child Abuse Awareness.

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