April kicked off National Child Abuse Prevention Month and child advocates across the country are coming together and taking a stand in efforts to create public awareness and encourage tougher sentences for people who commit violent crimes against children in the United States. .
Statistics show a report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds, 5 children die every day as a result of abuse, 1 and 3 girls and 1 and 7 boys are sexually abused by their 18th birthday and 30% of abused children will later abuse their own children, continuing the cycle of abuse. These statistics are staggering.
One local non-profit organization that will be in attendance and taking a stand against child abuse is Dreamcatchers for Abused Children. Dreamcatchers is Michigan's largest child abuse education and resource center; providing child abuse education and resources to over 200 countries around the globe.
The 2nd annual Dreamcatchers March Against Child Abuse is being held from noon - 6p.m. in Port Huron on May, 10. The walk will begin at Pine Grove Park, walking around the courthouse and police station, and back to Pine Grove Park. Following the march there will be a large public event held with motivational guest speaker Terrance Burney, activities, games, crafts, food, drinks and live performances by Gasoline Gypsy, Native Howl and Emily Torres. Event coordinators are David Ross and Sierra Sullivan.
Last year, over 400 individuals attended to support Dreamcatchers and their efforts to end child abuse. The public is encouraged to attend, show their support and help give a voice to all of the innocent and voiceless children.
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