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Child abuse is a scourge in any community. During Child Abuse Prevention month in April, a coalition of agencies will be drawing attention to the sad facts: last year, 688 Brazos Valley children were confirmed victims of abuse or neglect; 117 children were removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect; and two children died as a result of abuse or neglect, according to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services 2011 Databook. From a broader perspective, every eight minutes a Texas child becomes an abuse victim and one child will die every 36 hours because of abuse or neglect. 

Kate Mason, who serves as the recruitment and education coordinator for Voices For Children – Court Appointed Special Advocates of Brazos Valley, along with other local agencies, have developed a child abuse awareness alliance in the hope of increasing awareness and leading our community to a safer and healthier place for children. 

Child abuse is a scourge in any community. During Child Abuse Prevention month in April, a coalition of agencies will be drawing attention to the sad facts: last year, 688 Brazos Valley children were confirmed victims of abuse or neglect; 117 children were removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect; and two children died as a result of abuse or neglect, according to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services 2011 Databook. From a broader perspective, every eight minutes a Texas child becomes an abuse victim and one child will die every 36 hours because of abuse or neglect. 

Kate Mason, who serves as the recruitment and education coordinator for Voices For Children – Court Appointed Special Advocates of Brazos Valley, along with other local agencies, have developed a child abuse awareness alliance in the hope of increasing awareness and leading our community to a safer and healthier place for children. 

The Child Abuse Awareness Alliance Brazos Valley (CAAABV) is comprised of more than a dozen local nonprofit and victim services agencies. These agencies include representatives from the Sexual Assault Resource Center, Brazos County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Brazos County Health Department, Crime Victim Conference Alliance, Voices for Children, Scotty’s House, Brazos County Child Welfare Board, Prenatal Clinic, Child Care Licensing, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services-Foster Care/Adopt Program, and Kappa Delta, and Texas Department of Family and Protective Services-Child Protective Services, and Texas A&M University Police Department. 

“We have planned a month filled with opportunities for community members to become more informed about the ways to protect and support our children and strengthen our families,” says Mason. If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, please call 1-800-252-5400.  We can all be a voice for a child when he or she doesn’t have one.

What: 

A Family & Resource Fair will kick-off Child Abuse Prevention Month featuring booths from agencies involved in the alliance as well as safety (i.e. fingerprinting for children) and fun activities for children. 

When: 

Tuesday, April 3, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Sams’ Club parking lot in College Station

 

What: 

Wednesday, April 4 is official Go Blue Day! Men, women and children throughout the community are encouraged to wear the color blue on this day in support of child abuse prevention and awareness.

 

What:

Join CAAABV partners as they decorate a Blue Ribbon Tree in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month. 

When: 

Wednesday, April 4,3 p.m. at the Bryan Police Department.

 

What: 

Voices For Children – CASA of Brazos Valley is hosting an open house as part of First Fridays in Downtown Bryan in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

When:

Friday, April 6, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 115 N. Main Street in Bryan.

 

What

Omega Phi Alpha (OPA) will hold a benefit dinner benefitting Voices For Children and Scotty’s House.

When: 

Friday, April 20, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Briarcrest Country Club.

 

What

The Sexual Assault Resource Center, which serves survivors of sexual abuse/violence of all ages in the Brazos Valley, is hosting its Teal Ribbon Run 5K.

When:

Saturday, April 21 at 9 a.m. in Downtown Bryan

How:

For more information and to register, visit www.sarcbv.org.

 

What:

Every Victim, Every Time Crime Victim Conference. This annual conference provides effective, quality and affordable training for those in victim services, the medical field, law enforcement and the community-at-large.

When:

April 24-25 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at A&M Church of Christ, College Station

How:

For more information, visit www.evetbv.org.

 

What

A Legacy Dinner will be held after the Every Victim, Every Time Conference.

When

Wednesday, April 25 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Pebble Creek Country Club in College Station

How:

For more information, visit www.evetbv.org.

 

What:

The Blue Sunday Faith Initiative is held every year on the last Sunday of April, with places of worship taking time in their morning services to pray for the victims of child abuse and for those who rescue them.

When:

Sunday, April 29.

How:

Contact Kate Mason at (979) 822-9700 for more information.

 

What:

The Texas Alliance for Drug Endangered Children is hosting this training workshop for law enforcement officers.

When

Monday, April 30 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Best Western Atrium, Bryan

How:

For more information, log on to www.caaabv.org or connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caaabv