Sunday, July 19, 2009

Working to End Child Abuse

In May and June the Pittsburg County Child Advocacy Center provided direct and indirect services to 35 alleged victims of child abuse and their non-offending family members.

The month of April was Child Abuse Prevention Month and it was spotlighted with several community activities, however Child Abuse happens everyday and requires constant attention to address the needs of the child and family and to pursue prosecution of offenders.

Child sexual and/or physical abuse can have consequences that last a lifetime, not just due to physical issues, but also due to emotional and psychological issues.

The Child Advocacy Center helps victims and families address the emotional and psychological issues through referral to appropriate services, such as counseling.

If you are aware of Child Abuse you can report it anonymously by calling locally to Child Protective Services at 421-6101 or by calling the Hotline at 800-522-3511.

Cecilia Miers is the Executive Director of the Pittsburg County Child Advocacy Center. For more information or requests for presentations, call 918-420-CARE (2273) or email Make tax deductible donations to PC-CARE, Inc. and mail to 501 E. Delaware Ave., McAlester, OK 74501.

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