Candlelight gathering honoring child abuse victims slated for April 25

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Since 1983, the month of April has been designated National Child Abuse Prevention Month. 

This month and throughout the year, Davis House Child Advocacy Center encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making the community a safe place for children and families. Davis House, which provides investigative and healing services to children and their families who are struggling with sexual or severe physical abuse in Williamson, Hickman, Lewis and Perry counties, emphasizes community education focused on prevention and early intervention as part of their mission.

Locally, April has been recognized as Child Abuse Prevention Month with mayoral proclamations from Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson and Franklin Mayor Dr. Ken Moore. The proclamations recognize the collective efforts of the Williamson County Child Protective Investigative Team members, Davis House and Williamson County CASA in the fight against child abuse. 

A candlelight gathering will be held on Wednesday, April 25, at 6 p.m. in the Community Room at the Franklin Police Department to recognize the community’s collective efforts to fight child abuse and to honor those whose lives have been affected by child abuse. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. The program is appropriate for all ages.               

National statistics indicate that one in 10 children will be sexually abused by their 18th birthday. 

“By ensuring that adults have the knowledge, skills and resources they need to care for children, we can help prevent child abuse locally and reduce the resulting trauma that can impact children in both the short and long term,” said Davis House Executive Director Marcus Stamps. “It is crucial that we all learn how to prevent and recognize child abuse in order to create a safer community for our children.”  

Last year, the organization served 465 new child clients in their four-county service area.  This year, Davis House is on pace to have over 500 new children need their services. 

As with the investigative and healing services provided to children and families, Davis House provides prevention trainings and awareness programs at no cost to parents, schools, churches, daycare centers, civic groups, businesses and any other youth-serving organization.

For additional information about, or to make a contribution to, Davis House Child Advocacy Center, visit www.davishousecac.org. To schedule a prevention training program at no cost to your group or organization, contact Tara Tidwell at tara@davishousecac.org or 615-790-5900 ext. 104.  

To make a report of child abuse, call the TN Child Abuse Hotline at 877-237-0004.

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