April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

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Every 10 seconds a child is abused, but it's preventable.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and we can all do more to protect our kids, so they can grow up safe and happy.

Every child deserves a chance.

Experts say in the fight against child abuse...it's about the four R's.

"Recognize" signs of distress and take action.
"Rethink" ways to stay healthy.
"Reach out" for professional help
"Report" child abuse and neglect... suspected abuse must be reported, not overlooked.

Father, Mother, Neighbor, Teacher, Friend.

Child abuse is no secret... we've all heard about its effect.

Amanda Herron, a protective case worker with Washington County Children's Services says the safety and health of the valley's children rests in our hands.

She says to be aware of what's going on in the lives of any children you know.

"I think the biggest issue is just making sure that everyone is aware and is looking out for the safety and best interest of children. My recommendation to anyone in the community, be them professionals or just individuals would be to seek resources, seek information, remain educated about current issues affecting youth."

Herron says we just want to make sure we're protecting our kids in every facet of their lives through their education.

If you have that feeling something's wrong, she always encourages people to make a report.

"Any children that give the appearance they may not be having their basic needs met. Physical abuse signs are a little bit easier to see. With regards to sexual abuse, kids who may have a knowledge of sex that's beyond their age or developmental level."

Herron says the rule of thumb in her opinion is to allow the professionals who work with this on a daily basis to make the decision of whether or not an abuse or neglect issue is happening.

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