Hamilton Co. workers to wear blue against child abuse

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Thousands of Hamilton County residents will wear blue to work on Wednesday in a show of force against child abuse.

Teachers, county workers, elected officials, news anchors and many more have signed on to Hamilton County Job and Family Services' Wear Blue to Work Day campaign to raise awareness of child support.

The April 11 campaign is part of a statewide effort underway in most Ohio counties to mark Child Abuse Prevention Month.

"This is a small, simple gesture everyone can do to help generate awareness," said Moira Weir, director of the Job and Family Services Department. "From the child in grammar school to the CEO of Cincinnati's largest companies, everyone can unite against abuse by wearing blue for the day."

The Job and Family Services' Children's Services Division works with 16,000 abused and neglected children each year and the community spends more than $90 million a year fighting child abuse.

"Our agency investigates more than 5,000 new reports of child abuse and neglect every year," Weir said. "That results in 2,000 children being determined abused or neglected. We know most abuse goes unreported, so the problem is even more severe than we know."

The Job and Family Services Department created a Facebook event around the campaign: https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/195668607200351/.