BLAKELY, Ga. (WDHN) — The month of April marked National Child Abuse Awareness Month, and one local organization spent the past four weeks raising awareness about child abuse and trying to get the community involved.
Organizer Erica Harris and Pranell Freeman, a volunteer at the Child Advocacy Center, came up with Push Up Convo — a challenge of 100 push ups a day.
“We definitely wanted to push the conversation, which is where we get the push up conversation so kids will be curious,” Harris said. “Hey why are you doing pushups? Hey we’re raising awareness for child abuse.”
As a forensic interviewer, she said hearing the details of the abuse done to children made her take action.
Currently, child abuse numbers are rising in Early County, and the pandemic didn’t help. When schools were forced to close, some children were stuck at home with their abusers.
“So while we doing the push up challenge, we’re also talking about you know child abuse and the way it affects our youth in the community,” Freeman said.
Not only did community members support, but the Early County Sheriff’s Office and Fire Department also showed their support.
“We love to involve ourselves with anything anybody, especially in our area has going on so he mentioned it to us we go together and here we are,” supporter Johnson Perry said.
Freeman and his sons did 100 push ups and kept track by recording it daily on his Facebook page, daily. Now, it’s the last day of April, and their push up count is in.
“I’ve done over 3,000 push ups to help raise awareness about child abuse,” Freeman’s son Christian said.
The work doesn’t stop here, and Freeman said this is just the beginning.