April 06, 2017 05:45 AM
Citing 2015 statistics showing 17 children were abused each day in Hennepin County, officials said on Wednesday they aim to put a spotlight on child abuse prevention.
The county announced it would partner with the children’s advocacy center CornerHouse and the Blue Plate Restaurant Company during National Child Abuse Prevention Month and the rest of the year in raising awareness of child neglect and physical, emotional and sexual abuse.
The groups plan to disperse hundreds of CornerHouse blue kids signs throughout the metro “to raise awareness and inspire prevention of child abuse.”
Representatives from those groups announced the campaign Wednesday at the Hennepin County Government Center in front of more than 100 of the blue kids signs that will soon dot the metro landscape.
In partnership with Hennepin County, Cornerhouse has raised almost $40,000 by selling the signs since 2013.
"Abuse knows no boundaries," Cornerhouse executive director Patricia Harmon said. "It happens in every type of family. Abuse happens when there are secrets. When families aren't talking about things like boundaries or when they're just not aware of the reality of abuse."
Deputy Hennepin County Attorney Lolita Ulloa said her office appreciates the work Cornerhouse does.
"It allows us to have good fact gathering and it promotes the work we do in the courtroom," Ulloa said. "That's all critical."
All proceeds from the blue kids sales directly benefit Cornerhouse. They cost $40.
Lindsey Brown and Michael Oakes
Updated: April 06, 2017 05:45 AM
Created: April 05, 2017 12:14 PM
Copyright 2017 - KSTP-TV, LLC A Hubbard Broadcasting Company