Blue Ribbon Month kicks off for child abuse awareness
April 1st marks more than just the start of a new month.
April is the month dedicated to bringing awareness to child abuse and neglect in our community.
The Southeast Alabama Child Advocacy Center is kicking off what's called "Blue Ribbon Month" by painting the city blue with blue ribbons around town, blue lights through downtown, and selling blue ribbon apparel -- where the proceeds benefit the Child Advocacy Center.
In the coming days, the CAC logo will be projected on the Houston County Admin building and starting this Friday, April 5th there will be 526 blue ribbons on the trees in Porter Park.
Each ribbon recognizes children who came to the CAC last year to tell their stories of abuse or neglect.
Executive Director Terri Dubose says the Blue Ribbon Movement started with a grandmother in Virginia who lost her grandchild to child abuse.
Terri Dubose, Executive Director, CAC
"..and that spread from that small community to a nationwide movement, so its just a reminder that although abuse is a very difficult topic to talk about.. that we owe it to our kids to step up and protect our kids."
Bue Ribbon T-shirts, Hats and blue ribbons are available for purchase on the Southeast Alabama CAC's FB page.