Ready, Set, Unite! Walk for Child Abuse Prevention

(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) The Helen Ross McNabb Center will host a free community prevention walk during Child Abuse Prevention Month on Friday, April 12 at Market Square, located in downtown Knoxville, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

A community information fair will begin at 3 p.m. and will provide child abuse prevention information and resources. Attendees are encouraged to wear royal blue, the designated color of child abuse prevention, and will be given pinwheels, which are considered the symbol of hope for children impacted by abuse. The event is intended to unite people in support of child abuse prevention to demonstrate the community’s commitment to protecting children in East Tennessee. There is no registration required for this free event, and everyone is invited to attend.

A short program will kick off the prevention walk at 3:30 p.m. Mona Blanton-Kitts, Helen Ross McNabb Center vice president of clinical services, will make remarks in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

“Prevention is key,” said Blanton-Kitts. “Every day, the Helen Ross McNabb Center helps strengthen families through early intervention and prevention programs. Such programs help empower parents with skills and resources to prevent negative parenting practices before they begin. We believe prevention programs increase a child’s likelihood of being healthy, happy and abuse free, as the negative effects of child abuse can remain through adulthood.”

A child is abused or neglected every 47 seconds in the United States. According to Tennessee Children’s Advocacy Centers in 2014, there were 66,481 cases of abuse and neglect investigated by child protective services in the state of Tennessee alone. The Helen Ross McNabb Center works to lower these statistics by ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills and resources they need to care for their children. The Center provides multiple programs that promote children's social and emotional well-being and prevent child maltreatment within families and communities.

For more information about this event or child abuse prevention programs offered by the Helen Ross McNabb Center, visit www.mcnabbcenter.org or contact Jessica Hill at jessica.hill@mcnabb.org or (865) 599-5836.

The Helen Ross McNabb Center is a premier not‐for‐profit provider of behavioral health services in East Tennessee. Since 1948, the Center has provided quality and compassionate care to children, adults and families experiencing mental illness, addiction and social challenges. As the Center celebrates more than 70 years of providing services to communities in East Tennessee, its mission remains clear and simple; “Improving the lives of the people we serve.” For more information, visit www.mcnabbcenter.org or call 865‐637‐9711. 

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