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Leaders Launch Child Abuse Prevention Month at John A. Logan College

WSIU/Kevin boucher
Court Officers and Child Advocates at the Kick-off event at John A. Logan College on April 1, 2021.

April is Child Abuse Prevention month, and Wendy Ingersoll  with the Illinois  Department of Children and Family Services says the Pandemic shutdown has caused an increase in cases and adds fixing the problem requires everybody.

"Oh  that's just so true you know it's not just one person, and it only takes one person to make a difference in a child's life.  And you don't know if you are that person it could be a coach, it could be a teacher., it could be somebody in Sunday school."

<--break->Jackson County State's Attorney Joe Cervantez says in order  to build healthy cities, it takes healthy children.

"Prosperity of the community depends on how we raise our children., on raising good, faith-filled, hopeful strong independent children."

<--break->According to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services,  between 2015 and 2019  child abuse cases in the nine southernmost counties have increased 102 percent.  If you suspect child abuse, you can call  1-800-25-ABUSE

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