New Castle News

April 29, 2013

Your Community: Party in the Park targets child sexual abuse

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Cascade Park was the site Saturday for the second annual Party in the Park for Justice.

Sponsored by the Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County, the rain-or-shine event was blessed with beautiful weather and great crowds. Its focus was to raise awareness of child sexual abuse.

Part of the day was a one-mile walk designed to raise money to let people know about the problem and to aid those who have been victimized by it.

“Information is available and we want to stress the ‘Believe Me When I Tell’ Campaign,” said Jackie Julian, education outreach supervisor for the Crisis Shelter. “We want to focus with parents on what the next step should be, when their child might tell that they have been abused.

“In addition, we have different organizations from around the community presenting their services available and information about those services.”

Along with the informational booths, the party featured a hands-on reptile exhibit, Bunny the Clown doing face painting, a dunk tank with police officers in the hot seat, a fire truck kids could explore, cupcake decorating, balloons and various games, crafts and activities.

Farone Brothers Restaurant provided DJ service for the event, as well as free pizzas throughout the day for various contests. The business also will cater an event for the winning participating school.

 Julian was particularly impressed with the participation of several local schools. “I am so thankful for the great participation of the schools,” she said. “Union, Shenango, Mohawk and Ellwood City all sent teams and were here to walk today. They were all great.

“I only hope more schools will participate next year.”