MILWAUKEE (7/1/2009) - On an average day in Wisconsin, 23 children are confirmed to be abused or neglected. Because Children's Hospital and Health System believes abuse is preventable, the organization is launching a community-wide campaign to raise money and awareness to fund prevention and intervention programs across Wisconsin. Safe at Home, Be an Advocate for Kids is a way for everyday people to stop the hand of abuse.
About 12 Wisconsin children die each year as the direct result of child abuse or neglect. Adult survivors are much more likely to abuse drugs or alcohol, be incarcerated and engage in prostitution, and the costs are enormous. "Child abuse and neglect doesn't have to happen," said Kenneth Munson, president, Children's Service Society of Wisconsin. Children's Service Society, along with the Child Abuse Prevention Fund and Child Advocacy Centers provide community-based family services with funds raised through Safe at Home. "Supportive family services provide a framework that reduces risk to children. We can make a real difference," said Munson.
Visit www.takeourhand.org to learn more about supporting the children of Wisconsin.