State Rep. Liz Malia was recently honored at the State House for her work on child abuse prevention during the 13th Annual Step Up for Kids event, in which 578 shoes were displayed to represent the number of children abused or neglected each week in Massachusetts.
At the event, held on April 3, the Children’s Trust announced that Governor Charlie Baker had declared April Child Abuse Prevention Month.
“The shoes you see before you today represent real children who have experienced a childhood of trauma and suffering rather than happiness and health, but it doesn’t have to be this way,” said Suzin Bartley, Executive Director of the Children’s Trust. “We have the opportunity to put our resources into programs that we know can prevent child abuse so that all of Massachusetts’ children can grow up healthy and strong. My dream is that we will stand here one day with no shoes on these steps.”
At the event, the Children’s Trust honored Malia, D-11th Suffolk, was honored for her commitment to supporting programs that stop child abuse before it happens. She was presented the Valuing our Children Award by Anna Lucey, a member of the Children’s Trust Board.
After the event, the shoes, which were donated by Two Ten Footwear Foundation, were donated to families in programs supported by the Children’s Trust.