This April as part of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Maryhurst participated in a nationwide campaign that’s dedicated to raising awareness about the prevalence of violence affecting youth as well as strategies to keep kids and families safe. A central stat is that 60% of American children are exposed to violence, crime, or abuse in their homes, schools, and communities.
Locally, the efforts were led by the Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods (OSHN) and Metro United Way. Louisville Urban League and many other peer agencies held themed events throughout the week. Youth at Maryhurst participated in sessions where they reflected on how violence affects people and what messages of positivity and nonviolence they’d like to share. They created special outdoor art and posters to commemorate the sessions.
Check out this video where Maryhurst staff share the different ways they commit to preventing violence and abuse: