POWERFUL MESSAGE: IOWA GIRL RAISES AWARENESS ABOUT CHILD ABUSE
April 1, 2021
MURRAY, Iowa — Thursday is the first day of Child Abuse Prevention Month. April is dedicated to raising awareness.
That's why 12-year-old Bella Cosner is taking her mission to school. Murray students dressed up in blue and made pinwheels to show their support for her cause.
Cosner said she survived child abuse and support from a big family to lean on. They encouraged her to find confidence by volunteering and participating in pageants.
When she was just 10 years old, Cosner realized not all kids have that support, and so she created her own nonprofit, Bell's Cos.
She ultimately wants to create more awareness, so less abuse cases go unnoticed in Iowa.
"When I was younger I actually went through abuse, and I know what it's like to have the family there, and everyone there to lean on and to support you. And I know there's some kids that don't have that support, and I wanted to help bring awareness to child abuse so children can have that support," Cosner said.
Visit this Facebook page for more on Bella's efforts, and to help spread awareness.
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