April is both Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. It's important to shed light on the damaging effects of child abuse within our community. Last year in Benton and Franklin counties 464 cases of child abuse were investigated.
Community members can take valuable steps to bring awareness to this horrific crime. 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 the raising of a question about the condition or well-being of a child.
Another way to get involved is to participate in the many community awareness events happening in April. The Support, Advocacy and Resource Center and the Crime Victim Service Center are putting on several child abuse prevention events throughout the month, including the Little People Project and the Strides of Strength Walk. Strides of Strength will be held April 20 at 11 a.m. All are welcome to come and join!
For more information, call SARC at 509-374-5391
BRANDI RALSTON, Kennewick