The Blue Kids on Losey Boulevard represent thousands of abused children

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – The next time you’re driving along Losey Boulevard just south of Central High School in La Crosse you’ll see this.

These Blue Kid figures represent the thousands of children abused in Wisconsin and Minnesota each year.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Children who experience abuse and neglect are nine times more likely to become involved in criminal activity.

Child abuse and neglect costs taxpayers $220 million every day, equating to $80 billion a year on foster care, medical & mental health treatment, special education, juvenile/adult crime, chronic health problems, and other costs across the span of life.

When abused children grow up, they are more likely to suffer from physical ailments, mental health issues, and are more likely to abuse alcohol or drugs in their lifetime, sometimes making the community a more dangerous place.

Child abuse is an under-reported crime and it’s believed only one-third of cases are ever reported.

To prevent child abuse the experts say it’s important if you see something to say something.