April is Child Abuse Awareness Month.
The Children’s Trust Organization held it’s 13th annual Step Up for Kids event at the State House Tuesday but that’s not all they’re doing to reduce cases of child abuse in Massachusetts.
The group displayed 578 pairs of shoes on the Grand Staircase to represent the average number of children abused or neglected each week in Massachusetts.
To reduce that number, advocates work with young parents and parents who have been abused themselves to teach them the proper way to interact with children.
Executive Director Suzin Bartley of the Children’s Trust told 22News, “We had a wonderful video done and the father said ‘I’ve learned not to yell and scream at my kids,’ that that’s not the most effective way to communicate.”
The Children’s Trust Organization works with the Hampden County House of Corrections on a program that helps men who are incarcerated become better parents when they are released.
The group also work with the Department of Children and Family Services to educate and employ parents so they are less reliant on public services.