The Kempe Foundation for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect will kick off April’s Child Abuse Prevention Month with a visual display of 12,000 blue ribbons in a large tree in downtown Denver’s Skyline Park.
Leaders from Kempe and Children’s Hospital Colorado will light the installation after a 7:30 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, March 31 in the south block of Skyline Park. Each ribbon tail in the installation will represent a confirmed case of child abuse and neglect in Colorado in 2011.
“Too often, abused and neglected children are hidden from view,” said Patricia L. Peterson, President and CEO of the Kempe Foundation. “This April, each child who experienced abuse and neglect last year will be represented in this thought-provoking display. As thousands pass the ribbon tree each day, we invite them to learn more about how each of us can-and must- do our part to prevent child abuse in Colorado.”