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Since 2003, the Office for the Protection of Children and Youth (OPCY) has trained more than 160,000 priests, deacons, religious, lay employees and volunteers to recognize and prevent abuse and teach more than 200,000 children to protect themselves from sexual predators.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Prevent Child Abuse Prayer Service

On Friday, April 17th, 2015, students from many local Catholic schools, staff and Archdiocesan employees will gather with the public in a service of prayer and music for the prevention of child abuse at the Archdiocesan Healing Garden.

As a symbolic gesture of faith and hope, over 125 students will plant self-made pinwheels at the garden to show the public that child abuse and neglect affects all communities. In 2014, there were 29,962 reported cases of child abuse in the State of Illinois. This year’s event will be the 4th annual service, coordinated by the Archdiocesan Office for the Protection of Children and Youth. It is the hope of participants that awareness can be raised around Chicagoland that child abuse can be prevented, but it's going to take hard work from everyone.

Even if you are unable to join us for the prayer service, please keep all children and families affected by child abuse in your prayers during the month of April…and all year-long.  For more information, please visit the Healing Garden website at: www.healinggardenchicago.org.

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