McNabb Center to host child abuse prevention event

WATE 6 On Your Side Staff - KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knoxville organization is honoring Child Abuse Prevention Month.

The Helen Ross McNabb Center is hosting a prevention walk and information fair on April 12 at Market Square.

The center hopes the event will show the community's support for children impacted by abuse. In 2014, there were 66,481 cases of child abuse and neglect in Tennessee, according to the Tennessee Children's Advocacy Centers.

Participants will be given pinwheels to symbolize hope for abuse victims. The organization encourages everyone to wear royal blue to show support. Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett will be one of the speakers at the event.

The center works to help victims by providing prevention and early intervention programs to families.

"These programs help empower parents with skills and resources to prevent negative parenting practices before they begin," said Helen Ross McNabb Center Vice President Mona Blanton-Kitts. "The negative effects of child abuse can last far into adulthood and education and prevention programs can increase a child's likelihood of being healthy, happy and abuse free."

The event will be from 2:30 p.m.-5 p.m.


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