(LANSING) -- State Representative Terry Brown (D-Pigeon) spoke at an event on the Capitol steps Tuesday in the fight against child abuse. Prevention Awareness Day, hosted by the Children's Trust Fund, serves as the kickoff to Child Abuse Prevention Month.
"Every child deserves to grow up in a safe, loving environment, so they can go on to lead healthy, productive lives," Brown said. "Preventing the abuse and neglect of innocent children is a critical issue, and I'm proud to take part in this event and bring this critical issue into focus."
In the past 10 years, Michigan saw a 12 percent increase in child abuse victims. Last year in Michigan, more than 21,000 claims of child abuse and neglect were filed. It's estimated that effective prevention of child abuse and neglect could save taxpayers more than $100 billion a year. More information about Prevention Awareness day and Child Abuse Prevention Month is available at www.michigan.gov/PreventChildAbuse.
PICTURED: State Representative Terry Brown of Pigeon speaks about child abuse prevention at the Prevention Awareness Day event on the Capitol steps Tuesday, April 16, 2013.