Group aims to bring awareness and prevent child abuse

CULLMAN, Ala. (WIAT) – Hoss Benham is one of hundreds of children who will be remembered during a candlelight vigil Wednesday.

Cullman Caring for Kids spent Tuesday handing out blue ribbons which represent the bruises suffered by abused children like baby Hoss Benham.

“Enough is enough we’re tired of this and we’re going to take a stand and we’re going to scream it from the roof top that child abuse has to stop now,” Assistant Director Nancy Bryant said.

Cullman Caring for Kids is holding events all month. They are turning all of the city’s fountains blue starting with a candlelight vigil at Depot Park at 7 o’clock Wednesday.

“These children’s lives were snuffed out way before they should have ever been,” Bryant said.

In two weeks they’ll also hold an annual memorial, with small chairs and balloons set up to represent each of the 32 children killed in Alabama from neglect and abuse last year.

There were more than 850 reports of possible child abuse cases last year in Cullman County, according to DHR.

Bryant says raising awareness will hopefully get someone to come forward and help save a life like baby Benham’s.

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