Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month

Since 1989, millions of people have joined in displaying and wearing blue bows during the month of April to raise awareness for the observance of National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month. The bows are a symbol of the bruises suffered by innocent children. Presbyterian Women at Fourth Presbyterian Church urges you to make a difference in the lives of our country’s most precious resource: children. Wear a blue bow, learn the signs of abuse and how to report it, join an advocacy group, or find out where to get help if you fear for the safety of a child. The blue ribbons in the trees along Michigan Avenue represent the indicated cases of child abuse or neglect in Cook County last year.

We invite you to support this effort through your participation in any of the following events.


Blue Bow Interfaith Prayer Service and Press Conference
   Tuesday, April 2 
   9:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Come learn about and be inspired to take part in the efforts against child abuse. Our interfaith prayer service will include Lucy Forster-Smith, Senior Associate Pastor, and our interfaith neighbors.

The service will be followed by a press conference presented by the Blue Bow Committee of Illinois and including some of Chicago's leading voices in child abuse prevention. This press conference—and the ribbon-tying afterwards outside the Manse—are the kickoff events for the monthlong, statewide campaign.


Blue Bow Tying on Michigan Avenue 
   Tuesday, April 2 
   10:00 a.m. on Michigan Avenue 

Come help us fill the trees on the corner of Michigan and Chestnut with blue ribbons! For all who pass by this area, these bows are a powerful witness to the tragedy of child abuse.

Volunteers are needed to tie bows and to hand out fliers to passersby; to sign up, contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369) or stop by on Tuesday morning, April 2.

Blue Bows Removal Work Day
   Tuesday, April 30 
   10:00 a.m. on Michigan Avenue

Volunteers will be needed to remove blue bows from the trees along Michigan Avenue; to sign up, contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369).
  
Click here for a list of child abuse awareness resources.


For more information about Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month, contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369).