April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
The Blue Ribbon Campaign began in Virginia in 1989 when a grandmother tied a blue ribbon to the antenna
of her van to “make people wonder.” The story she told to inquisitive community members was the tragic story about the abuse of her grandchildren, which
lead to the brutal death of her grandson.
“It has been so long since I sat by my grandson’s side in the hospital. Of course, I knew something was wrong as I sat there, I saw fear on his face, the
bruises on his body and the healing cigarette burns on his hands. His doctor did not believe my daughter’s story…’he fell in slippery water in the bathtub.’
“After the ordeal at the hospital my grandson was placed into foster care for three weeks. He cried when they came to take him back to his mother. I ached
for this dilemma, but I was not physically able to care for him. I never saw him again. My 16-month old granddaughter was hospitalized after being beaten
severely. Her leg was broken in four places and her hand was burned from the top of her little fingers to her wrist. It was only then that the search was on for
my grandson. We learned that he had been killed, wrapped in a sheet, stuffed in a toolbox and dumped into the dismal swamp three months earlier.”
“My grandchildren had suffered and battled so much throughout their young lives that it sickened me. My life was turned into physical and mental chaos. My
efforts to understand became a plea to stop abusing children. I tied a Blue Ribbon on my van antenna to make people wonder.”
Why blue? I intend never to forget the battered, bruised bodies of my grandchildren.
Blue serves as a constant reminder to me to fight for protection for our children.
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