No one wants to think about the horrors a child from an abusive home faces. Stories of neglect or physical, emotional and sexual abuse trouble us. It's easy to look the other way, hoping someone else is there to clean up the mess. Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children is here for just that, but we also have a responsibility to share the realities of those messes with you.
For instance, more than 16,000 kids are physically abused each year in Kentucky. That's not all. Nearly 35,000 children suffer from neglect each year, according to the most recent reports. More than 5,000 of Kentucky's children and teens are sexually abused, and 1,700 suffer emotional abuse, according to the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services.
Kentucky's children need your help. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, also known as Blue Ribbon Month. The blue ribbon campaign was started in 1989 by a grandmother who wanted to honor her grandson - a 3-year-old killed by his mother's abusive boyfriend. The blue ribbon stands as a constant reminder of the bruises her grandchild had.