'Stand for Kids' Campaign in Full Effect in April

April 02, 2018 06:41 PM

If anyone happened to be by the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis today, some may have noticed blue signs on the south plaza lawn. They are part of a campaign to stop child abuse. 

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This year, the "Stand For Kids" campaign is bigger than ever as April is National Child Abuse Prevention month. CornerHouse is expanding its services in Hennepin County by opening a satellite office in Rogers, Minnesota. CornerHouse is a children's advocacy center that offers services designed to minimize trauma to children victims of abuse. 

Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek says his office uses CornerHouse services regularly in their investigations and sees first hand the need for expanded services. 

"As Sheriff of Hennepin County, I know that services such as forensic interviews provided by CornerHouse staff are needed not just in Minneapolis, but throughout our entire county," Stanek said.

Last year in Hennepin County there were more than 20,000 reports of child maltreatment. This is a 30 percent increase since 2016 and an 85 percent increase since 2009, according to the county. Each little blue sign you see around the county represents children who need help. 

"They depend on us to protect them. Abuse knows no boundaries. It happens in every zip code in every type of family. Abuse happens when there are secrets. When families aren't talking about it," CornerHouse Executive Director, Patricia Harmon said.

The ultimate goal is to encourage the community to fight this problem together. Anyone can help my picking up a yard sign from CornerHouse for your yard or business. 

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