Prevention key to heading off child abuse

Exchange Happenings – April is Child Abuse Prevention Month Emy TrotzFriday

Exchange Happenings – April is Child Abuse Prevention Month Emy TrotzFriday

In 1983, April was declared National Child Abuse Prevention Month by a Presidential proclamation.

A Platte County Court judge credited a Columbus mother on Thursday for making some changes in her parenting before setting a date for the city woman to be sentenced for her conviction of committing negligent child abuse nearly a year ago.

In exchange for her plea on Thursday, the county attorney's office dismissed a second negligent child abuse charge. Those numbers are local, but national numbers show that 1 in 4 girls become the victim of child abuse and 1 in 5 boys find themselves as child abuse victims. The public-awareness campaign created to bring awareness to child abuse, promote healthy families and raise funds to further those causes.

Park hoped the event spreads awareness to those who are unaware of the presence of child abuse in the community.

WEARING BLUE FOR CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH last Friday are third graders from Teague Elementary.

"All citizens need to be more aware of child abuse and neglect and its prevention within the community", he said, and be involved in supporting parents to raise their children in a safe, nurturing society.

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"In Family Advocacy we offer a lot of secondary prevention and education on communication, couples, anger management, parenting and more", Frysz said.

A child with a CASA volunteer spends 20 percent less time in foster care, on average, compared to a child without a CASA volunteer. And sometimes we don't see them in law enforcement until they are well up to 16 or 17 years old.

"We want to let them know there is help", he continued. "This is a case where the victims were children, horribly abused by the foster parents to whom they were entrusted".

"It's important that people know that (child abuse) does happen", Piazza said.

Sullivan noted that child abuse is a problem that doesn't always get the needed publicity.

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