On October 7, 2021 at 8:00 a.m., Children’s Trust read the first of 15,277 names of children reported as abused in the 22 jurisdictions served by Children’s Trust. Each name represents an actual child and their experience of abuse. Through this event, we will bring awareness to our community about the prevalence of child abuse.
For over 18 hours straight on the Roanoke City Market, volunteers read the names, ages, and jurisdictions of children who were reported as abused in 2020. Because these children are minors and their identities must be protected, “Jane Doe” and “John Doe” will be used in place of their names.
“Children’s Trust hopes that through Save Jane, Roanoke, Bedford, New River Valley, Carroll County and the surrounding areas will recognize the absolute magnitude and prevalence of child abuse in our region- it is everywhere you look,” said Beth Eisenzimmer, CAC Family Advocate Coordinator. “It will take over 16 hours of non-stop reading to name each child who reported abuse last year. That is simply unacceptable. The event will go through the day and into the night because that is representative of Children’s Trust – we never stop fighting for these kids who have suffered unspeakable abuse. Children’s Trust will continue to do our work, but we need the community’s help.”
Influential leaders from around the community have signed up for shifts to read names throughout the event. Children’s Trust welcomes anyone in our service area to take a turn on-stage and participate in this impactful event by reading a selection of names. To volunteer to read names, please visit www.roact.org, or follow this link to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040E45ADAB2BA6F94-save3
Children’s Trust has been working in child abuse prevention, intervention and advocacy since 1978, their service area includes: City of Roanoke, Roanoke County, Town of Vinton, Botetourt County, Bedford County, Town of Bedford, Campbell County, Craig County, Town of New Castle, City of Salem, Montgomery County, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, City of Radford, City of Galax, Grayson County, Town of Independence, Carroll County, Town of Hillsville, Pulaski County, Town of Pulaski, Town of Dublin
Save Jane is a child abuse awareness event that was launched by Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC) in 2019 with the goal of spreading awareness about the magnitude of child abuse, and about the organizations working in the field.