Child abuse prevention highlighted

Sergio Conner
April 15, 2018

In thanking those from various organizations attending the event for their efforts to combat child abuse and neglect, Russmann highlighted the ongoing efforts of Bikers Against Child Abuse for that organization's continued strong support.

All of the women senators of 34th Guam legislature have crossed party lines and joined forces to tackle the issue of child abuse and child neglect. "Every child deserves the support of caring, consistent, trained adult to help them find a safe, loving home where they can heal and thrive".

Parents having the necessary tools is one of the most important ways to prevent abuse and maltreatment, Frysz said.

Child protection officials say the increase in cases is likely driven by increased awareness, changes to child protection laws and the opioid epidemic.

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Karl Bruchhaus, superintendent of Calcasieu Parish schools, said the event put him in mind of a recent incident at a local middle school where it came to light that a student was going through abuse.

"There's something about when you become a parent, these statistics start to hit you a bit more", Hunter said. "We want to give people these skills and build their toolboxes so they can learn to cope with situations in a healthy way".

Sullivan noted that child abuse is a problem that doesn't always get the needed publicity.

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