STILLWATER, Minn., April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Hundreds of Blue Kid signs are popping up in Minnesota as part of the "I Stand with Kids" statewide public awareness campaign during Child Abuse Prevention Month in April. Blue Kids are part of the Minnesota Children's Alliance's "I Stand with Kids" campaign and represent the thousands of children abused each year in Minnesota. People and organizations can purchase Blue Kids for display in four children's advocacy center locations in Minnesota: Duluth (First Witness); Minneapolis (CornerHouse); St. Paul (Midwest Children's Resource Center); and Winona (Matty's Place).
"Blue Kids represent the nearly five kids that die every day from abuse and neglect. Blue Kids represent the one in four girls and one in six boys that will be victims of a sexual assault before turning 18 years old. Blue Kids represent the one in five kids that will be solicited on internet," stated Marcia Milliken, executive director, Minnesota Children's Alliance.
This month-long Blue Kids campaign will culminate with activities around the state during the last week of April:
- Winona: Matty's Place will display Blue Kids in four locations from April 20 – April 30, 2012. (Carrie Meiners; 507.429.0655; http://www.fcconline.org/Services/WinonaMNServices/MattysPlace.aspx).
- Minneapolis: CornerHouse and Midwest Children's Resource Center will post Blue Kids along the perimeter of the Children's Hospital and Clinics property in Minneapolis from April 23 – April 29, 2012. (Patricia Harmon; 612.8013.8300; http://www.cornerhousemn.org/ or Carolyn Levitt; 651.220.6750; http://www.cpnonline.org/DirectoryClinicDetail.jsp?SiteID=229&subsection=2034).
- Duluth: First Witness will feature Blue Kids along Lake Superior's Lakewalk from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on April 30, 2012. (Beth Olson; 218.727.8353; http://www.firstwitness.org/).
The Minnesota Children's Alliance helps Children's Advocacy Centers, multidisciplinary teams and local communities respond effectively to allegations of child abuse while putting the needs of the child first. It is the statewide association that serves as the unified voice for Minnesota's Children's Advocacy Centers.
Children's Advocacy Centers are child-focused, facility-based programs in which representatives from many disciplines, including law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, mental health, medical and child advocacy work together to conduct interviews and make team decisions about investigation, treatment, management and prosecution of child abuse cases.
SOURCE Minnesota Children's Alliance