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April 19, 2014

Viewpoint: Resources are available to prevent child abuse

The word "courage" is often associated with the fight against child abuse. Front-line victim advocates have long recognized the need for courage in order to protect victims. Behind-the-scene advocates need courage to fight for funding and attention to the cause. But no courage is more difficult to muster than that shown by a child who finds the strength to speak out against an abuser. As adults, however, we cannot possibly expect children to find this courage if we do not ourselves have the courage to openly discuss this terrible crime.

Child abuse statistics are staggering. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 3 million reports of child abuse are made in the nation each year. With some reports including multiple children, that puts the total at over 6 million children. As a nation we lose five children every day as a result of abuse, with the majority of those children being under age 4.

Child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education. The long-term effects of abuse are severe. Abused children are 25 percent more likely to experience teen pregnancy and are nine times more likely to become involved in criminal activity. Abuse victims often become abusers later in life, continuing the horrible cycle of abuse.

But there is hope. Child abuse is preventable. Each year, thousands of local families get help through a myriad of services. The Children’s Bureau/Exchange Club Family Resource Center, Hopewell Center, Alternatives, and Dove Harbor are just a few of the organizations who work relentlessly to get tools into the hands of families who are at risk. They provide the education and support that families need to help them navigate through tough times, handle stress, and so much more.

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    August 20, 2014

  • Letter: Quality of water in Killbuck is residents' concern On April 9, in The Herald Bulletin, in a front page article by Zach Osowski, I read about the proposed reservoir in our area. State Sen. Doug Eckert mentioned the future need for water in the Indianapolis area.

    August 20, 2014

  • Letter: Columnist's words are mean-spirited Cal Thomas's July 6 column, "Arrogant president harming the nation," exhibits his usual partisanship.

    August 20, 2014

  • Letter: City beautification ignores other areas I read in the paper where they are going to start work on their great roundabout. What a waste, they are spending millions on the south side for the great gateway to Anderson and all the while the rest of Anderson is ignored.

    August 20, 2014

  • Letter: Poll shows priorities are backward Your recent polling question about schools providing free food for children tells us society has its priorities backwards. The conservatives want low taxes. 53 percent said no to feeding the kids.

    August 14, 2014

  • Letter: Grandson being punished for ISTEP score

    I am a very upset grandparent. My grandson is being punished for having a bad language arts ISTEP score. Not only will they not let him take band, they have taken him out of the honors math that he was supposed to be in.

    August 14, 2014

  • Letter: Mounds Lake will do more harm than good How pathetic that promoters of the Mounds Lake Reservoir and dam project are so uncaring of the homes and businesses in the area proposed.

    August 14, 2014

  • Letter: President's trade being swept under rug My question to all, why do we keep hearing after a number of months about the shootings in Colorado, Sandy Hook, etc., but yet the president illegally deals with terrorists, trades five for a believed deserter and now it is being swept under the rug?

    August 1, 2014

  • Letter: New glass ceiling is $12 an hour All those libertarians, tea party, conservatives (dupes of the rich) are leading America's middle class and poor into poverty and depression.

    August 1, 2014

  • Letter: Constitution, laws being trampled Nancy Pelosi said, "When it comes to protecting the children I'm a lioness!" Too bad that doesn't include the babies who are ripped from the womb. How ironic to hear the progressive liberals talk of compassion for illegals while killing our own.

    August 1, 2014

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