FRANKLIN POLICE DEPARTMENT
A public candlelight gathering honoring the recovery of abused children will be held at Franklin Police Headquarters at 4:30 pm on April 22.
The Moore Melodies choir from Moore Elementary School will perform in the department’s Community Room as part of the event, put together by the department working with the Davis House Child Advocacy Center, Williamson County CASA, and Williamson County Juvenile Court.
The event is part of Child Abuse Prevention Month, which the Police Department also is observing through a display on the front lawn of their headquarters building at 900 Columbia Ave.
The display was created by a local Eagle Scout. 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 is meant to remind passers by of what so many 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.