Greensboro, NC - April 1st starts a very important movement in our nation, to end child abuse.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. On April 22nd, people from across the nation will participate in the Million March Against Child Abuse.
Sonya McTillmon, the Coordinator for the Greensboro March and Elder Raymond King Jr., an advocate for children in these abusive situations joined Tracey McCain on the Good Morning Show Monday.
McTillmon explained the reason for the nationwide campaign to raise awareness about child abuse. "There are nearly 3 million REPORTED child abuse cases each year. However, experts believe the actual number is closer to 9 million as most go unreported."
"We are bringing awareness to abuse of all kinds: physical, emotional, and sexual," said McTillmon. "I am the mother of a young child who is a survivor of sexual abuse. It is a result of our experience, that I have taken a very public response to this hidden affliction that is in reality, very present in our society," she said.
On April 22, 2013, individuals in over 150 cities and 45 states will join together in national walks to raise awareness of child abuse and crimes against children in the U.S. Cities include Greensboro, Washington D.C., Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Phoenix, Los Angeles, and Charlotte, along with many others.
The Greensboro walk is April 22, 2013 at teh Guilford County Courthouse in Greensboro. There are events all day from 8:00am-5:00pm. To get involved, send your name, phone number and email to MACAGreensboro@gmail.com. And you can learn more about the event on the group's facebook page.