April is Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. It is important to raise awareness of child abuse within our community. Last year in Benton and Franklin counties, there were 503 investigated cases of child abuse.
Community members can take valuable steps to show support. One way to become involved is to simply talk about the issue of child abuse in our community. Bringing this issue to light can help others be aware and protect the children around them. If you suspect a child is being abused, report it! Reporting does not necessarily constitute a proven fact. It is raising the question about the condition or state of a child.
Another way to get involved is to participate in the many community awareness events happening in April. The Support, Advocacy & Resource Center/Crime Victim Service Center are organizing several child abuse prevention events, including the Little People Project, Clothesline Project and Strides of Strength Walk.
Strides of Strength will be held at 11 a.m. April 12 at the Lord Of Life Church, 640 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Kennewick. All are welcome to come and join!
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For more information, call SARC at 509 374-5391.
DENISE MARTIN, Pasco