April Is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Hamilton County is planning several public awareness events in recognition of the month of April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Kappa Delta Sorority is hosting its annual Shamrock Golf Tournament at Eagle Bluff Golf Course on Saturday, March 31.  Proceeds benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center of Hamilton County.  Cost for entering the tournament is $400 per team.  Tee-off begins at 8 a.m.  For more information contact Cherise Rodriguez at gsz892@mocs.utc.edu.  

The CACHC in proclaiming April as Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month in Chattanooga and Hamilton County.  This event will take place Thursday, April 12, 9:30 a.m. at United Way of Chattanooga, 630 Market St. and will serve as a kick-off for the day’s events that include a community forum on responding to child abuse and a public display of pinwheels that stand as a national symbol of healthy futures for children. 

The CACHC and partnering agency, You Have the Power of Nashville will host a community forum, “A View from the Shadows: Understanding & Responding to Child Sexual Abuse,” on Thursday, April 12.  The program includes a video presentation of “A View from the Shadows: Understanding the Minds of Child Sex Offenders” followed by a panel discussion to include a clinical therapist, Department for Children’s Services representative, and an adult survivor of child sexual abuse. The event will take place at United Way of Chattanoogafrom 9:30-11:30 a.m.  The event is free of charge and open to the general public. Limited seating is available.  Register with the CACHC by calling 266-6918 or emailing wceldahan@cachc.org. 

There will be 430 Pinwheels for Prevention displayed at Ross’s Landing, 100 Riverfront Parkway, on Thursday, April 12.  The pinwheel is a national symbol of healthy futures for all children. Each pinwheel placed at Ross’s Landing symbolizes hope and healing for the 430 Hamilton County children served by the CACHC during the past year. The public is encouraged to visit the display between the hours of 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Businesses throughout Hamilton County are invited to participate in Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Day on Friday, April 13, by offering their employees a “casual dress day” with a $5 donation to the CACHC.  Each participating employee will also receive an embroidered pinwheel lapel pin with their donation. To participate, contact the CACHC by calling 266-6918 or emailing wceldahan@cachc.org. 

The fourth annual Walk to Sierra will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Renaissance Park on Saturday, April 28.  This event is a reminder of the fragility of life and that it takes each of us to ensure that all children are safe from abuse.  This year’s event will include family-centered activities in a mini carnival-type atmosphere. A one mile fun walk will begin at noon. For more information email walktosierra@epbfi.com.

Major sponsors for all CACHC Child Abuse Prevention Month activities are BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, and Kappa Delta Sorority.  The CACHC will also partner with several other community agencies in recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  A full list of other leadership corporate sponsors, partners, and activities is available at www.cachc.org

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Hamilton County is a nonprofit agency dedicated to serving children who are alleged victims of sexual or severe physical abuse through prevention, education, and intervention.  For more information about April activities, please call Cathy Eldahan at 266-6918 or visit www.cachc.org.


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