Abusers are Losers

Berkley Joyner wins first place in the Prevent Child Abuse Button Contest 2013
Apr. 20, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Berkley Joyner believes that abusers are losers.

Joyner, a fourth grade student at Harris Elementary School, was the first place winner in Family Resources of Rutherford County’s Prevent Child Abuse Button Contest 2013. Her button design included the slogan “Abusers are Losers, Stop Child Abuse.”

“They really are because kids can’t fight back. Adults are much more powerful than kids are,” Joyner said.

Joyner and 65 other fourth and fifth grade students were honored at Bethany Baptist Church on Friday for their participation in the contest. The students were given the task to use their creativity and design a button to encourage the prevention of child abuse. The finalists were chosen from over 1,000 entries.

“Twenty years ago, the staff of Family Resources decided to begin the button contest. That was in 1993 when the price of gas was lower and the children in this room weren’t born. But one thing that hasn’t changed is that some children are not safe,” said Gail Parton, who is retired from Family Resources. “The quest to prevent child abuse is urgent. I want to thank all the teachers and principals for this partnership and I want to thank the students for their efforts. All of you are winners and I want to thank you for what you did.”

The students were honored for their accomplishment with a button with their design on it, a certificate and a bag of candy. Second place went to Jordan Radford and third place was Matthew Hunt. Both are students at Ellenboro Elementary School.

Rutherford County Sheriff Chris Francis also spoke to the students and their parents about what they can do to help prevent child abuse in this community.

“Unfortunately we have had some terrorist attacks lately. These are horrible reminders of how bad things can happen. I don’t want us to be pessimistic or dwell on them but I want us to be realistic and understand that there are people that do need our help. There are young people out there that need our help,” Francis said. “As a citizen of this county, you can play an important role. If you see something you aren’t comfortable with, a short phone call away and help can come. This is a wonderful chance and opportunity for everyone to realize this is a problem we need to address. I want all of us to be aware there is a problem, but we can make a positive difference in someone’s life.”

Joyner received a new bicycle for winning first place and her button is now available for purchase for a $1 donation. To order one of the buttons, call Family Resources of Rutherford County at 828-247-1440.