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Child abuse prevention topical in month of April

The prevention of child abuse is an issue the entire community can help with, and with April designated National Child Abuse Prevention Month, everyone is being asked to get involved and do their part to deter the problem of child abuse and neglect.
“This is something that goes on every day that most people aren’t aware of,” said Rhodie Rawls, Executive Director of Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Ellis County. “It takes a cooperative effort from all of us to improve the communities in which we live.”
Child abuse and neglect are serious issues. Children suffer not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well.
“Just last year in Texas, 220 children died from abuse or neglect,” said Marissa Gonzales, Public Information Officer for the Region 3, North Texas Division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, which includes CPS. “I think even one is too many.”
One of the most important things the public can do is be on the lookout for signs of abuse and report it. Even if you aren’t sure if a child is being abused, Gonzalez said it’s best to report it and let Child Protective Services determine whether or not abuse has occurred.
“Our mission as an agency is to protect children and strengthen families,” Gonzales said. “We can’t achieve that without the communities’ involvement. The safety of the children in our state is everyone’s responsibility.”

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