TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Susie’s Place, the Child Advocacy Center, is teaming up with Baesler’s Market to get out the message about Child Abuse Awareness Month. During Friday’s “Donut Be Silent” event, 300 free donuts will be given away to those who pledge to take a stand against child abuse.
Each donut will come with a barcode that people can scan for more information on becoming an advocate and voice for abused children. Susie’s Place will offer free online informational training during the month of April.
Susie’s Place executive director Emily Perry said the pandemic has “revolutionized” the way people notice and report abuse. Perry’s organization is working with local schools to provide remote learning resources.
“We know that with COVID-19, the advice has been to stay safe at home and we know firsthand that many children are not safe in their homes,” Perry said. “So COVID-19 has posed some really unique challenges for cases involving inter-familial child abuse.”
A donut drive-thru will take place Friday from 7-9 a.m. in Baesler’s parking lot. Perry said Susie’s Place is always looking for donations, and it’s also looking for a new building as they have outgrown their current space.