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Commission honors ‘Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee’

Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee was honored before the Anderson County Commission Meeting Monday, April 16 for the good work the organization does.

Child abuse and neglect is a community problem and finding solutions depends on involvement among people in the community.

Approximately 3 million children are reported abused in this country, with 17,000 children being from Tennessee. Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee, the Tennessee Child Abuse Prevention Network and the Tennessee Children’s Trust Fund are teaming up to sponsor several events throughout East Tennessee to heighten awareness of abuse and neglect.

These events will not only provide information on neglect and maltreatment but will also celebrate the people that dedicate their lives to the fight against child abuse.

During the month of April, Pinwheel gardens will be planted statewide, celebrating community partnerships for strengthening the family and protecting all children from abuse and neglect.

“We, Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank and members of the Anderson County Board of Commission do hereby proclaim April 2018 as Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month in Anderson County.

“We call upon all citizens, community agencies, religious organizations, medical facilities and businesses to increase their participation in our efforts against child abuse.”

Susan Moore, a Program Manager for Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee, was present to accept the commendation.

“Tonight I want to talk briefly about resilience.” Moore said after receiving a standing ovation on behalf of the organization she represents.

“We can prevent a lot of this abuse and this neglect. Resilience can be fostered by one single caring, stable, nurturing adult and a stable nurturing home environment. That’s what it takes. It sounds very simple doesn’t it?” said Moore.

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