MIDLAND - It's the start of April and also Child Abuse Awareness Month.
Several non-profit organizations including Harmony Home and the United Way came together to kick off a special event.
They were there to encourage people to speak up when they see an abused child and to educate parents on how to prevent child abuse.
Organizers say there are all types of child abuse.
But one of the most important ways to prevent it is to tell children how much they're loved and valued.
"Child abuse encompasses physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect. Those are all different types of child abuse and they all range in severity. We need to remind our children that our job is to raise them and we love them and we care for them and want nothing but the best for them," said Denise Malm, Executive Director of Harmony Home.
This year's theme is "There's a Champion in Everyone."