April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. In recognition of that, this display, created by a local Eagle Scout, is being featured outside the Franklin Police Department. The 33 ‘kids on the lawn’ represent 330 abused Williamson County kids served by the Davis House Child Advocacy Center last year. Of those, 172 were from Franklin. The display provides a visual representation of what so many of our community’s children and families face.
April was first declared Child Abuse Prevention Month by a presidential proclamation in 1983. Since then, April has been a time to acknowledge the importance of communities working together to prevent child abuse. Abuse and neglect affect more than three million U.S. children every year.
A public candlelight gathering honoring the recovery of abused children will be held at Franklin Police Headquarters at 4:30 pm on April 22.