April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Seated are Greene County Judge Rusty McMillon (left), and Paragould Mayor Josh Agee during the signing of proclamations recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Observing the signing and representing organizations that are bringing awareness to child abuse and neglect, are Jeremy Biggs (left), Jeremy Irvin, Amanda Frankenberger, Elisha Pillow-Daugherty, and Brock Wooldridge.

About 24 percent of children in Greene County suffer from abuse and neglect, yet many of them are suffering in silence.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, which is held to shine a spotlight on abuses that often go unseen or without intervention.

In recognition of this, Greene County Judge Rusty McMillon and Paragould Mayor Josh Agee have signed proclamations to declare April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Greene County and in the City of Paragould.

The Northeast Arkansas Children’s Advocacy Center, Court Appointed Special Advocates of the 2nd Judicial District, and Hope Found of Northeast Arkansas, have teamed up to bring greater awareness to child abuse and neglect throughout the region.

These organizations provide direct services to victims and are focused on providing opportunities and support for child victims to achieve successful outcomes. Children who suffer from abuse and neglect struggle in school, suffer from trauma, experience mental health crisis, and face many insecurities, including where they will reside.

To report suspected child abuse or neglect, call the statewide Arkansas Child Abuse Hotline at 1.844.SAVE.A.CHILD or 1.800.482.5964. To get involved with any of these organizations and support victims of abuse, visit the websites at either neacac.net neacasa.org or hopefoundnea.org.

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