Court Appointed Special Advocates Cass County, IN
Political Adversaries Unite to Fight Child Abuse
It's the effort to end child abuse.
A rally designed to bring people together against abuse was held Wednesday, appropriately, at the Big Four Bridge.
We see their faces too often in courtrooms across Kentucky and Indiana. They are people accused of abusing -- even murdering -- defenseless children.
It's a cause that has brought together those who are normally political adversaries to end child abuse.
"It's going to take every single one of us, looking out for all of our children, no matter where they live, and no matter situation they grew up in," said Beshear. "In the end, this issue is not political at all."
"It's important for people to understand that child abuse occurs, that neglect occurs, and it is our responsibility as a community to fight this at every turn, to take ownership of it, and to weed it out of our own communities," Gov. Matt Bevin told WDRB News.
The fight also crosses state lines. Indiana's Attorney General crossed the bridge to lend his support.
It’s a partnership to end the trauma for more than 20,000 children in Kentucky alone.
"From Indiana, Kentucky, no matter what political position you may be, protecting kids, and doing the right thing for kids -- everybody should be able to get behind that," said Pam Darnall, CEO of the Family and Children's Place.
This was the kickoff of Child Abuse Prevention Month, and there was one piece of good news; Kentucky is no longer Number One in the nation in child abuse.
But, Darnall says, there is still a long way to go to improve matters.
Hundreds of Hoosier children go to court alone each day.
Lawmakers recently granted the organization an extra $1.5-million in funding to be divided among 63 counties.
Every day the voice of another child goes unheard.
The need for volunteers is tremendous at this point.
Sadly, there’s been a 40 percent increase in child abuse cases in the last few years. And 25% this year alone. Much of Indiana shares the same dilemmas
CASA volunteers help those children get into a safe and loving environment.
When it comes to volunteering the time commitment is small but the pay-off is huge. You don’t brag about it to other people. You’re not winning gold medals being a CASA volunteer, but you’re winning the heart of that one child.
There are nearly 3,500 volunteers in 79 Indiana counties advocating on behalf of 23,500 abused and neglected children.