NO EXCUSE FOR CHILD ABUSE RALLY SATURDAY

The ‘No Excuse for Child Abuse’ Walk and Balloon Release was held Saturday morning at the Washington County Courthouse.

The event is held to raise awareness of child abuse as well as it’s causes and victims.

This year’s walk is sponsored by the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and the Scott and White Hospital.

The walkers begin their two-mile trek headed east on Alamo Street.

The walkers begin their two-mile trek headed east on Alamo Street.

Prior to the walk a program was held on the Washington County Courthouse steps.

The event also featured several people in a number of walks of life who told those gathered about their personal experiences with child abuse.

A number of people spoke of their personal experiences with child abuse.

A number of people spoke of their personal experiences with child abuse.

The program was followed with a two mile walk through downtown Brenham, a prayer and balloon release. 

Local artist Amanda Randermann treats the crowd to an emotional perfromance of "Concrete Angel"

Local artist Amanda Randermann treats the crowd to an emotional perfromance of “Concrete Angel”

Those in attencance also were treated to free Blue Bell Ice Cream.  The organizers offered more information about other various groups concerned with child abuse and how they can come together to help the community.

This is one of the concluding events for Child Abuse Awareness Month.

Pinwheels and blue ribbons signified the 69 reported  victims of child abuse in Washington County last year.

Pinwheels and blue ribbons signified the 69 reported victims of child abuse in Washington County last year.

All ages turned out for Saturday's walk.

All ages turned out for Saturday’s walk.