Indiana ranks second in the nation for child abuse victims and fifth for abuse and neglect deaths, with 78 children dead in Fiscal Year 2017 according to the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Director Glenna Cheesman and Vigo County Court Appointed Special Advocates are spreading awareness for Child Abuse Prevention Month.
“It’s not something that we’re immune to. We hope that by having the Child Abuse Prevention Month rally kick-off today, and all the things that we have going on this month that we can make community members aware of the problems that we have here with our children in our community,” said Cheesman. “And that we need to come together as a strong community to help protect those children that we have.”
The numbers of children requiring CASA services in Vigo County are growing, and it’s only April.
“Last year we served 1,177 children,” said Cheesman. “And I can tell you already that our numbers are pretty much on spot with what we were last year.”
Cheesman is encouraging people to look for and report signs of abuse to help bring the number down not only in our community but in the state.
“Don’t be afraid to speak up. Because it’s not just in a specific group it’s everywhere. Abuse has no economic or ethnicity, there’s no border,” she said. “Abuse can happen anywhere at anytime and we just need to be vigilant and looking out for the children in our community.”
For the full Fiscal Year 2017 report from the US Dept. of Health and Human Services click this link.