Taylor Pyles

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Taylor Pyles

Taylor Pyles is a child abuse survivor and the founder of The Blue Ribbon Project. He has been a police officer with Annapolis Police Department for over a decade and is assigned as a Detective in the Criminal Investigations Section.  When not working, you'll find him spending time with his family and out enjoying the countryside on two wheels. 

The following discusses signs of possible physical abuse. While much of this information can be valuable to all first responders, some of it may be beyond the experience of first responders who do not have an extensive medical background.

The definition of Child Abuse varies from state to state. Many states use Federal Law as a guideline when it comes to definitions.

The Federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), (42 U.S.C.A. 5106g), as amended by the Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003, defines child abuse and neglect as, at minimum:

The physical abuse of children includes any nonaccidental physical injury caused by the child's caretaker. Physical abuse can vary greatly in frequency and severity. It may include injuries sustained from burning, beating, kicking, or punching. Although the injury is not an accident, neither is it necessarily the intent of the child's caretaker to injure the child. Physical abuse may result from punishment that is inappropriate to the child's age, developmental level, or condition. Additionally, it may be caused by a parent's recurrent lapses in self-control that are brought on by immaturity, stress, or the use of alcohol or illicit drugs. Caretakers may physically abuse children during discipline or as a way to "teach the child a lesson."

There are four commonly recognized forms of child maltreatment—physical abuse, neglect, psychological abuse, and sexual abuse. The definitions of these types of child maltreatment may vary depending on the State or the locality in which the first responder works. First responders should become familiar with the definitions that apply in their jurisdictions. Additionally, the signs of child maltreatment listed here do not indicate absolutely that child maltreatment has occurred.

The Blue Ribbon Project's Mission is the prevention of all forms of child abuse and provides critical support to victims of abuse and neglect. We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that is 100% volunteer supported and directly serve abused and neglected children right here in our community. We are currently serving 12 counties within the state of Maryland and the City of Baltimore. We are in the process of expanding to other counties in Maryland (and beyond). 
On our website, you will find a variety of resources, articles, and several programs offered by The Blue Ribbon Project that directly serve children who are the victims of child abuse and neglect. You will also find articles and resources for adult survivors who are struggling with the long term effects of child abuse. The Blue Ribbon Project is a collaboration of survivors, victims, and professionals from various fields who are all tied together due to child abuse and it's long term effects. It is this community approach of helping and guiding each other to overcome the obstacles presented to us. Your support is needed in order to serve and help these kids.

We all have an obligation to stand up for the rights of children and to be their voice where it matters.

A video produced by The Blue Ribbon Project

AmazonWishlist A few folks have suggested a great idea for those that want to support the Backpacks of Love program but do not live near the drop off points. We have created an Amazon Wish List that lists several of the items that are needed. It's a great way to purchase the items, get them shipped and then placed into an age appropriate backpack. This list is not all inclusive and will change based on needs...Below is a partial list from our Amazon Wish List

Some things to note:

  • We've shopped according to price. As sad as it sounds, an abused child will be excited over a $5 shirt just as much as a $50 designer shirt. To meet the needs of these kids, it is better to buy 5 inexpensive shirts for muliple packs than it is to purchase a single, super expensive shirt. 
  • Some of items listed come in multipacks. This is more affordable and helps fill more packs. For example, infant bottles come in packs of 3. This allows us to fill 3 infant packs at an affordable price. 
  • Our Wish List is only a suggestion. The items listed are not obligatory and you can choose similar items to go in the backpacks. Because we list a particular shirt, it isn't necessary to purchase that exact shirt. 
  • You will see the same items listed multiple times. if you look closely, you'll see the sizes are different. For example, you'll see a particular pajama listed numerous times. We've added multiple sizes of each to the list. 

Amazon Wish List


There are hundreds upon hundreds of drug rehab programs in Maryland that claim they provide the most effective addiction treatment in the country. You can go on the internet and find drug rehab after drug rehab listed with a variety of “recovery claims”.

S137The Blue Ribbon Project is designed to be a community outreach in both the prevention of Child Abuse and a support network for abused and neglected children. At the Blue Ribbon Project, we understand that victims of child abuse carry a burden throughout their lives and the effects of abuse last a lifetime. That’s why we offer a variety of functional outreach programs that directly serve abused and neglected children in our community,  youth in foster care, as well as adult survivors of abuse and neglect. Through our dedication to these children, we remain committed to achieving our vision of raising awareness around child abuse in our communities and acting as advocates for those affected by child abuse and neglect. The Blue Ribbon Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization and our staff is 100% volunteer.

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