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SAN ANTONIO-- More than 900 Forester Elementary students created San Antonio's first human blue ribbon to fight child abuse.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. The event attracted state Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio.

I am delighted to see children getting involved in the fight against child abuse and neglect, said Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio. They are helping to spread the powerful message represented by the blue ribbon, that children deserve to grow up free of physical and mental abuse, and that child protection is a responsibility of the entire community.

Childsafe, a local nonprofitdedicated to treating sexually abused children,helped organize the event.

We are thrilled to see such a positive response from the educators and students of Forester Elementary to this event, said Kim Abernathy, Childsafe CEO. It is a visual illustration that child abuse is something that impacts our entire community, and victims from all races, socioeconomic settings and living situations.

The students dressed in royal blue shirts Monday to create a giant message to stop child abuse.

This is a hands-on activity that showcases how we as a school are involved in educating our children about child abuse, but also demonstrating that it takes an entire community to rear healthy, happy children that are well cared for and treated with respect, said Principal Jeffrey Davenport.

It's estimated more than 1500 children die every year in the U.S. due to child abuse and neglect. Childsafe treats more than 1700 new victims each year and says most victims are under the age of 3.

For more information go to www.childsafe-sa.org.

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