Life stories to read the names of 2,684 children assessed for child abuse last year
On July 12 from 11 p.m. to 2 p.m. or later in Lincoln Park, Greeley, local community members and leaders will join Life Stories in taking a stand against child abuse at their 2nd Annual “Save Jane” event. in Weld County.
For approximately 3 hours, Weld County volunteers will anonymously read the names and ages of 2,684 children who were assessed for child abuse or neglect in Weld County in 2021. Because these children are minors and their identities must be protected , Jane, John, Juana , and Juan Doe will be used instead of their names. The inaugural Save Jane event launched in Dallas in 2019. This is the second year Life Stories has joined the outreach effort.
“Life Stories hopes that through Save Jane, our community will recognize the extent and prevalence of child abuse in Weld County. It is an issue that knows no bounds and impacts overall demographics. children,” said Life Stories Executive Director Gwen Schooley. “It will take approximately 3 hours of uninterrupted reading to name every child who has been assessed for abuse and neglect in the last year. It is simply unacceptable that so many children in our community have experienced some form of abuse. The Save Jane event will take the time to honor each child and the experience they have endured. We never stop to fight for those children who have suffered untold abuse. Life Stories, through our Child Advocacy Centers and CASA programs, as well as Darkness to Light prevention workshops, will continue to do our work, but we we need the help from the community.
Influential leaders from across the community signed up to read names throughout the event. Life Stories invites all members of the community to take the stage and participate in this impactful event by reading a selection of names. To join the movement by buying a shirt or making a donation, visit lifestoriesweld.org/save-jane-weld. So come support our event during the reading of the names on July 12th.