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Woodburn overpass to honor National Child Abuse Prevention Month

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Lights will be blue for first two weeks of April to remind passers-by of the issue of child abuse and neglect.

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF WOODBURN - The I-5 overpass lights at the Woodburn exit will glow blue the first two weeks in April in honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.To honor National Child Abuse Prevention Month, drivers will notice blue lighting on the Woodburn Interstate 5 interchange overpass during the first two weeks of April.

The city of Woodburn has arranged for the overpass lights to shine blue, bringing attention and awareness to the issue of child abuse and neglect in the local communities.

"The more attention we bring to child abuse in our communities, the more we protect our most vulnerable assets — our children," said Woodburn Police Chief Jim Ferraris.

According to Ferraris, the Oregon Department of Human Services Child Abuse Hotline receives about 8,500 calls each year regarding suspected child abuse in Marion and Polk counties. Annually, 900 to 1,100 confirmed cases of physical or sexual abuse or the neglect of a child result from those calls.

Liberty House, a child abuse assessment center serving children and families in Marion and Polk counties, will provide assessments to more than 600 children this year alone, according to a city of Woodburn press release. For more information on how to play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect and promote child and family well-being, visit www.childwelfare.gov.