Child Abuse Awareness Month—Let's Be Part Of The Solution (Press Release)

by Public Information Officer, Wednesday, April 03, 2013, 09:15 (1784 days ago)

ABILENE, TX – This afternoon, April 2, 2013, community leaders and partners gathered at the south side Lowe’s Home Improvement store to welcome the community in participating in the first day of a month-long event. Today’s event exemplified a unified message to the Abilene community: keep our children safe!

As part of Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Prevention Awareness Month, local community partners want to bring about continued awareness in the fight against child abuse and to encourage the community about being part of the solution in preventing and reporting suspected child abuse. Ms. Dee Moore, President of the Abilene/Taylor County Child Advocacy Center Board, was present for today’s event and spoke with media partners about how change will only come when community is involved and aware. Child abuse is an important matter because it affects the most innocent of all and because it produces devastation in the lives of victims. The idea in preventing child abuse is symbolized by a padlock and an associated word—L.O.C.K. This acronym means: Learn the facts; One person can make a difference; Commit to preventing child abuse and Keep our children safe!

During today’s event, a section of chain-link fence was on display so that community could come and honor victims of child abuse and make a statement against further abuse. Attendees were encouraged to place padlocks of all types and colors on the blue chain-link fence. Chief of Police Stan Standridge allied with these community partners. He reminded us that this event was open to community participation throughout the month of April. He encourages Abilene residents, and residents in nearby communities, to go to the Lowe’s store (located at 4134 Ridgemont Drive) and place a lock on the fence to symbolize their support for those victims.

The message from Chief Standridge and these partners is clear: lock in safety for our children and lock out child abuse in Abilene! Every child deserves to be SAFE!

Helpful and informative websites:
http://www.cactx.org/
http://www.nctsnet.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/ChildSexualAbuseFactSheetFINAL_1...
http://helpguide.org/mental/child_abuse_physical_emotional_sexual_neglect.htm
http://www.webmd.com/parenting/tc/child-maltreatment-symptoms
http://www.teenluresprevention.com/
http://www.regionalcrime.org/

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