By Ashleigh Swan
The Indiana Center for Prevention of Youth Abuse and Suicide will host its annual Rise Up For Kids breakfast virtually this year.
The event, set for 8 a.m. April 29, will serve as a fundraiser and opportunity to raise awareness.
Maggie Owens, ICPYAS director of education and community relations, said the event is important to spread awareness of the Carmel-based organization’s mission in Hamilton County.
“Child abuse is very prevalent in our communities, and sometimes people are not aware that Hamilton County and the surrounding areas do have a high child abuse rate,” Owens said.
Owens said the event is a way to learn about the prevention programs in place in schools and the community. It will also provide information on how to identify and report child abuse.
The event will include an update from ICPYAS Executive Director Melissa Peregrin and feature keynote speaker Erin Merryn.
Merryn, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse who is internationally known for her activism to protect children, will speak about her life experiences and also her perseverance in passing Erin’s Law.
Erin’s Law, which has been passed in more than 30 states, including Indiana, requires that public schools implement a child abuse prevention program, which teaches K-12 students about body safety and education. The law also requires training and education for all staff in schools, including bus drivers, on how to protect kids and recognize and report abuse.
The event will be presented on Facebook live and is free and open to the public. A recording will be posted on the ICPYAS website following the event.
Learn more at indianaprevention.org.