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Rady Children's marks Child Abuse Prevention Month with human chain

Posted at 11:28 AM, Apr 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-02 16:39:00-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Tuesday morning a human chain formed outside of Rady Children’s Hospital to mark the start of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Hand in hand, dressed in blue, child health and welfare experts, law enforcement agencies, community members and leaders banded together to show support.

“This is a circle of support for children,” said Dr. Suzanne Starling, medical director of the Chadwick Center. “We are holding hands to show we are encircling children with all the hope and all the services we can provide for them.”

The human chain formed around the Hospital’s iconic Inspiration Fountain.

“Child abuse is a very large problem, thousands and thousands of children in the United States are abused every day,” said Starling.

She said abused children not only suffer physically, but mentally and emotionally as well.
Starling said she hopes San Diegans can stand up for children and keep child abuse prevention in mind, even after April.

If you suspect a child is being abused, you can report it by calling this 24-hour hotline 1-800-344–6000 or click here for more resources.