April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. It is a time to focus on the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect and to promote social awareness and prevention.

United States Army Garrison Daegu Army Community Services Family Advocacy Program held a proclamation ceremony at the Camp George Daegu American School on Apr. 12.

The ceremony began with opening remarks about the importance of Blue Ribbons by FAP Manager Gladys Colon-Algarin.

"Blue Ribbon is a symbol of child abuse awareness," said Colon-Algarin. "In 1989, a grandmother decided to put a blue ribbon in her car remembering her grandson who died because of child abuse. That is the reason why we have the blue ribbon representing child abuse prevention."

USAG Daegu Commander Col. Ted Stephens gave remarks about Child Abuse Prevention Month.
"Thank you for allowing us to come today and talk to students about very important subject," said Stephens. "One of the most important things we do is to report. Everyone should report things what they see that are incorrect."

Stephens signed the proclamation for Child Abuse Prevention Month. This year's theme is: Children thrive in safe, stable, nurturing homes. Child abuse prevention is not a one month assignment but it goes on every day of every year. Without every one of us doing our part, we cannot say our Army is fully ready to build a strong and resilient community.

After the signing, Stephens and three students from DAS cut the cake to commemorate Child Abuse Prevention Month. Stephens also handed out cupcakes and bags of child abuse awareness materials to teachers and students.

For more information, please contact USAG Daegu ACS Family Advocacy Program at DSN: 768-8126/7112.