LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
As part of that proactive stance, several guest speakers stood in front of the large group of attendees to share a word about child abuse.
“By telling someone about child abuse you can put a stop to it,” said North Laurel Middle School student Ashley King in an essay she read to the attendees.
Laurel County Judge Executive David Westerfield encouraged people to keep their eyes open and look for signs of abuse or neglect, as they are often recognizable if a person were to pay attention.
“The people of Laurel County care about our kids,” Westerfield said. “We need to be doing this sort of thing every day. If we would just open our eyes and see the signs, we can finally put an end to child abuse.”
King and Westerfield were just two of the guests speaking the same message; Commonwealth’s Attorney Jackie Steele encouraged people to look, listen and report, urging people to not be silent about child abuse.
Before closing the ceremony, attendees were given candles and asked to take part in a moment of silence for the victims of child abuse.
If you believe a child is being abused, neglected or is dependent, please call the Child Protection Hot Line at (877) 597-2331 or the Laurel County Protection and Permanency office at (606) 330-2015.
Staff Writer Nita Johnson contributed to this story.