Last updated: April 04. 2014 1:02AM - 973 Views
Martha Sparks msparks@civitasmedia.com

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The Logan County Child Advocacy Center has joined the West Virginia Child Advocacy Network and the National Children’s Alliance in partnering on the “Stand Up, Step Forward” campaign to elevate the level of community awareness about how to report child abuse.

“Stand Up, Step Forward” is a national public awareness initiative about child sexual abuse disclosure and reporting. The West Virginia Child Advocacy Network announced the launch of the campaign on April 4th at the 2014 WVCAN Conference in Morgantown.

The national campaign “Stand Up, Step Forward” is centered around the courage it takes child victims to come forward and talk about the abuse they’ve endured and the courage it takes for adults to step forward and talk about the issue.

“This campaign aims to inspire action against child sexual abuse by listening to children and helping them stand up against abuse and start healing,” Beth Cook, Executive Director of the Logan Center, said.

As a national initiative, “Stand Up, Step Forward” also aims to highlight the unique role children’s advocacy centers play in providing comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate services to child victims of abuse across West Virginia and the U.S. For more information, visit www.wvcan.org/courage or visit the Logan Child Advocacy Center webs site at www.logancountycac.webs.com.

The campaign’s Public Service Announcements will air on radio and television stations serving Logan and Mingo Counties.

During 2013, the Logan Child Advocacy Center served 197 children from Southern West Virginia at the Logan site. A second center, located in Williamson, is opening soon.

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