Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett has declared April Child Abuse Prevention Month in Salem. He asks organizations and individuals to stand together in support of "strong families and safe, stable, and nurturing environments free from violence, abuse, and neglect."
These are essential needs to assure "a secure future for our communities where the needs of children are a priority and the needs of families are met," the Mayor declared.
In 2019, reports of child abuse and neglect in Oregon totaled 13,674. Of those reported cases, 1,238 were in Marion County.
"Most children don't tell anyone they are unsafe," said Kelley Parosa, program director of Liberty House Prevention Services. "Most children don't tell us someone in their life is hurting them. We need to be their protectors. We need to be their responders. We need to be their healers. We need to be the ones to give them a voice."
Parosa accepted the proclamation at the March 22 Salem City Council meeting on behalf of the Marion County Child Abuse Prevention Month Committee, which includes, among others:
The Child Abuse Prevention Committee is urging Marion County residents to "paint the town blue" during April, and to take actions to bring awareness to our community, including: