Prevent Child Abuse of Jefferson County, the Department of Child Services of Jefferson and Switzerland counties and the Jefferson County Prosecutors Office held a candlelight vigil to raise awareness about child abuse in the region as well as to inform attendees of the need to prevent child abuse before it occurs. The Madison vigil corresponded with statewide vigils organized by the Indiana Department of Child Services.

Top, Grace Calloway, 11-months-old, holds a battery-powered candle while attending the Prevent Child Abuse Candlelight Vigil with her parents Brent and Michelle Calloway on Tuesday at First Baptist Church.

Bottom, Lucas Green and his son, Mason, listen to the sobering statistics about child abuse.

(Staff photos by Ken Ritchie/