CASA and the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Tulare County kick off National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April with the March 26 event in downtown Visalia
VISALIA — Children were those most affected by the pandemic, and even before COVID-19, they were victims of another crime that impacted their lives and society. In 2019, a year before the children were confined to their homes and isolated from friends, social interactions and education, 10,000 children in Tulare County suffered alleged child abuse. Almost a third of these children will go on to abuse their own children, commit violent crimes and spend a long time in prison, especially if they are girls. During the pandemic, without access to a safe place during the day with caring teachers and counselors, these numbers are believed to be not only higher but more under-reported than ever.
In an effort to draw attention to the children who often suffer in silence, Tulare County CASA joins the Tulare County Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC) for a “Walk on the Main” event on March 26 in downtown Visalia. The event kicks off National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April. The public is invited to wear blue and join the March on the Main from 9 a.m. to noon to help raise awareness of the importance of protecting Tulare County children from abuse and neglect, and to strengthen child abuse prevention efforts in our community.