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Blue Ribbon Vigil of Hope:

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Blue Ribbon Tree at the Our Lady of Peace Cathedral
Blue Ribbon tree at the Ohio Orthodox Catholic Church

On April 10, 2011, the second annual Blue Ribbon Vigil of Hope will held at the Spring Grove Cemetery at 5:00 PM. Please come and join us as we try to spread the word that Child Abuse is unacceptable for any reason!

On April 18th, 2010, the first Blue Ribbon Vigil of Hope was held in Cincinnati, OH. The group gathered at the Spring Grove Cemetery where they lit candles, prayed together, and shared information together in support of survivors and their families to acknowledge the reality of abuse.

The different groups participating set up tables to provide information and talk with attendees. Blue ribbons were available for people to take home and also to place on the “blue ribbon tree”. Speakers of the different groups gave information to those present. People had a chance to share and learn about many of the different organizations that are involved in Child Abuse prevention and care. It also became a time of healing for some people.

Child Abuse Prevention

So often we think that Child Abuse is only that which is in the news -- sexual abuse. But that is not the truth! Child Abuse has several different components. Here is what the Federal Government defines as the different types of Child Abuse:

Some Resources to help learn about and prevent Child Abuse:
Child Welfare Information Gateway -- Federal Government's Website
Darkness to Light -- Ending Child Sexual Abuse Organization