Child Abuse Prevention Month

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April is child abuse prevention month.

According to ChildHelp.org, a report of child abuse is made every ten seconds and more than four children die every day as a result of child abuse.

Every year more than 3 million reports of child abuse are made in the nation involving more than 6 million children.

The website states that an estimated 50 to 60 percent of child fatalities due to maltreatment are not recorded as such on death certificates.

The High Point YMCA will hold a program Saturday, April 26 to get the word out. The event will be held at City Lake Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Leslie Davenport, grandmother of Kilah Davenport, will speak on the Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act, also known as Kilah’s law. Kilah was left in a wheelchair and with brain damage. after being abused by her step father.

The law ensures that child abusers who inflict serious injury receive a minimum sentence of more than 10 years. Currently, a first-time offender would receive a sentence of 4 to 6 years in the state.

Senator Gladys Robinson (D-NC) will also speak on bringing Erin’s Law to the state. The law focuses on sexual abuse prevention and education.

If you have the time or feel the need, be sure to go out and participate.

 

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