By Jessica Mullins/What’s on Tap Editor

It is said that children are the future of our world; however, every day in America this future is battered and abused.In order to make our campus and the community more aware of child abuse, the Student Government Association and the Kentucky chapter of Prevent Child Abuse launched a community-wide child abuse prevention campaign on March 30.

The We Can Make A Difference campaign is an effort to make the dangers and affects of child abuse known. As part of the campaign there have been various activities planned on campus, some of which are yet to come.

On March 30 Raymond Smith, former NFL player and board president of Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, spoke in the Posey Auditorium on the issue of how important it is to join together and to raise awareness about abuse.

“Youth is our most precious commodity,” Smith said. “It takes a team of people to make a difference, and our job is not done as long as one child is being abused.”

On March 31 there was also a shaken baby syndrome training.

Still to come is a resource fair throughout the day Monday at Alumni Coliseum.

According to Demmie Shuler, Student Government Association director of community service, the resource fair is “a chance for different organizations in Madison County, such as the health department, to give information about related resources they have to offer to the community.”

There will also be a candlelight vigil at 7:30 on Thursday in the ravine. Several campus and community individuals will be at the vigil to speak concerning this issue, and all in attendance will light a candle in memory of those who are abuse. Local Madison County band Alanna will be at the vigil to perform.

Throughout the campaign there will also be a display at Powell corner where students can pick up information concerning the issue of child abuse and a blue ribbon to symbolize awareness and prevention of abuse.

According to literature published by Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, more than three million children are abused or neglected in America each year. Of those children, more than 50 thousand of them can be found in the state of Kentucky.

The campaign is “the first of what we hope to be an annual event,” according to Shuler. Although the campaign ends on April 8, the entire month of April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Kentucky.