GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Community members raised a flag on the Greenfield Town Common Thursday in honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month. Several hundred children and adults gathered to sing songs and stand together against violence.
District Attorney David Sullivan said that the event is about raising awareness in the community about child abuse, and also an opportunity to ask parents to treat their children well. Others, like Jessie Cooley of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County, said that child abuse might not be a problem that everyone experiences, but it’s a problem that everyone should fight to end.
“We need to be aware of how pervasive this problem is and that it’s affecting people way more than we know,” Cooley told 22News. “When people hear the statistics, they’re very disturbed by it. But if it’s not something that’s happening to you or to someone you know, then you can not think about it.”
Cooley said the event was also meant to inspire hope for those who might need it.