Child abuse is the physical, emotional, or sexual mistreatment of a child. Child neglect is the failure of the parent or guardian to take care of the child's physical, emotional, medical, or educational needs. Child abuse or neglect can result in permanent physical or psychological damage. Bonnie Finney of Norfolk, Virginia started a personal battle to combat child abuse after the death of her grandson by tying a symbolic blue ribbon on the antenna of her car to increase awareness of child abuse. Why blue? She intended to never forget the battered, bruised bodies of her grandchildren. April has been proclaimed National Child Abuse Prevention Month. It's a time to demonstrate respect and gratitude for those who devotedly and unselfishly work to keep children safe.
In February of 2000, Sigma Omega Phi officially adopted National Child Abuse Prevention Month as our Sorority wide philanthropy. Fundraisers and charity events are organized on all of our campuses to help raise awareness and fund programs for abused children. The sisters of Sigma Omega Phi have been instrumental in helping to spread the word of child abuse prevention and available resources within our respective communities. The Ladies of Sigma Omega Phi stands united in this cause and wear our blue ribbons with pride.
In order to bring light to women's issues, each year Sigma Omega Phi hosts an event called the "Women's Symposium". This event is held in March during National Women's History Month. It covers a variety of educational subjects such as domestic violence, women's health, self-defense, and the empowerment of all women. Our goal is to bring awareness to women's issues in order to empower women of every background and to also celebrate our diversity and history. Being a member also means that you will forever have a women's support network to help you achieve your goals.
Many of our sisters also participate in community events such as Relay for Life, Adopt-a-Family, and Adopt-a-Classroom. We pride ourselves in our tenacity to stay involved in our communities while focusing on our specific philanthropy.
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