Blue Ribbon Campaign
The Blue Ribbon Campaign began in the spring of 1989 when Bonnie Finney of Virginia lost her grandson, Michael Dickenson. The three-year-old died at the hands of her daughter’s abusive boyfriend. Bonnie tied a blue ribbon to her car – symbolizing the blue of her grandson’s bruises – and encouraged her community to do the same.
Each year in Central Oregon more than 50,000 blue ribbons are distributed locally during the month of April by volunteers and community partners to promote child abuse prevention. As part of the Blue Ribbon Campaign, we are asking you to “Speak Up and Save a Child.” It is a call for the adult community to take an active role in protecting the children of Central Oregon. By simply taking a child abuse prevention training, you raise awareness of child abuse in our community and create a safer environment for all children.
Speak Up and Save a Child
Everybody holds a piece of the puzzle in preventing child abuse. You can “Speak Up and Save a Child” by:
Alerting authorities immediately if you suspect a child is at risk of abuse. Learn more about how to report a suspicion of abuse here.
Taking Darkness to Light’s: Stewards of Children training and join over one million adults who are trained to recognize, report, and prevent child sexual abuse
Talking to other adults about child abuse prevention in your neighborhood and community
Find a blue ribbon to wear through the month of April at KIDS Center or MountainStar, or at local businesses throughout Central Oregon. For more information about MountainStar’s events, visit www.mtstar.org
Blue Ribbon Newsletters
2019 Blue Ribbon Newsletter
2019 Crook County Newsletter
2019 Jefferson County Newsletter
2019 Español Newsletter
Blue Ribbon Partners
The Blue Ribbon Campaign is brought to you through a partnership by KIDS Center and MountainStar.