Published: Wed, April 04, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Child abuse prevention month

Child abuse prevention month

The Children's Advocacy Center of Lowndes County, a community resource center that was created to minimize the trauma of child victims of abuse by responding to their immediate and long term needs in a child friendly, safe environment.

"Since the Chattanooga FJC opened in 2014, we have been working together with our onsite partner organizations to show that our community is committed to stopping family violence including child abuse" says Valerie Radu, executive director of the Chattanooga Family Justice Center. Joining Blankenship are, from left, Dale County Commissioners Frankie Wilson, Charles "Chic" Gary, Steve McKinnon and Chris Carroll.

Staff from the pediatric department gathered around to pray for children suffering from abuse, followed by placement of the pinwheels, a national symbol of child abuse awareness and prevention. And roughly 2,237 foster children adopted in the past year. Abusing a child, for all obvious reasons, is a despicable act that results more times than not in the cycle of abuse continuing at the hands of those once abused.

Three-quarters (74.8 percent) of victims were neglected, 18.2 percent were physically abused and 8.5 percent were sexually abused.

- Ensure that organizations, groups and teams that your children are involved with minimize one-on-one time between children and adults. "However, that isn't the only thing that we all must do to prevent child abuse". All hotline calls are routed to the county where a child resides.

Governor Jeff Colyer, child welfare officials and Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt planted "Pinwheels for "Prevention" at the Statehouse".

"We actually begin preparations months in advance for this month's events", Wheat said. Pinwheel gardens are now being sold for $25 per dozen for each business or home, with the money raised being used to combat child abuse in the community.

The center is set up so the child who has been victimized need only speak once about the experience.

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