PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – PatchesKids.org is a non-profit that provides Patches the bear to young children to help them better express emotion. Because April is child abuse awareness month, the group decided to do something even bigger.
This effort isn’t for the kids- instead it’s a music video designed to raise awareness about the impact of child abuse.
“You’re morally obligated to report it.”
Founder and abuse survivor Kathylee Forrester says adults are in a special position to prevent abuse against children.
“By turning a blind eye, which is what people do because they don’t want to get involved. They don’t want to falsely accuse, they don’t want to risk someone’s reputation. But now, they’ve put the child at even more risk,” said Forrester.
The video features music by Keith Dudley and demonstrates the harmful impact that child abuse can cause. For more info on the video or on Patches the Bear, go to www.patcheskids.org.