On Tuesday, March 28, 451 pairs of children’s shoes will be placed on the steps of the Cache County Courthouse (199 N Main in Logan). Esterlee Molyneux, executive director of the <a href=”http://thefamilyplaceutah.org/”>Family Place</a>, said each pair represents an innocent child who was involved in a substantiated case of child abuse locally during the past year.
Now in its eighth year, the display is part of the organization’s annual “Steppin’ Up for Children” community awareness event. Molyneux said the Cache Valley tradition is designed to promote the Family Place’s mission of building stronger families and protecting children.
“I think there’s power when our community comes together, when they’re educated, and we can work collectively to end harm occurring to children,” said Molyneux. “I know that parents are on edge right now because we’ve had a lot of really hard tragedies in our community lately. So what can parents do to help keep their children safe? We will go over that information, too. But also, just to recognize these sweet children who have suffered, who are recovering. What can we do to end child abuse?”
Scheduled to give comments during the event are Brent Platt, Division Director at Child and Family Services; T<em>racey Tabet</em>, the <em>Utah</em> Children’s Justice Center Program Administrator; and Deondra Brown, a member of the classical piano quintet, <em><a href=”http://www.the5browns.com/”>5 Browns</a></em>, and cofounder of the <a href=”http://www.the5browns.com/about-us/foundation-for-survivors-of-abuse/”>Foundation for Survivors of Abuse</a>. <a href=”http://thefamilyplaceutah.org/belvahansen/”>Belva Hansen</a>, after whom the Family Place’s Logan facility is named, will also make a presentation. The ceremony will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. All members of the community are invited to attend.