Child Abuse Recognition Class

Child Abuse NetworkMEDFORD, Ore. — April is Child Abuse Awareness month.  There were 69,096 reports of child abuse in Oregon last year.

30,850 of those cases were investigated.  6,332 were founded or confirmed cases, involving more than 10-thousand kids. 845 of those kids were in Jackson County.

Experts say those numbers reinforce the importance of reporting suspected abuse to police or the Department of Human Services. The Children’s Advocacy Center can help you file that report.

The Executive Director of the Chilren’s Advocacy Center, Tammi Pitzen, says “The fact of the matter is that we all know someone who’s being abused. We all know children in our community, in our own personal community that are being abused, whether or not we can recognize what we’re seeing. And I would encourage everybody, we provide a class called darkness to light. It’s open to the public. We have it once a month and it’s to teach people how to recognize the signs and what to do with that.”

The next “Darkness to Light” class at the Children’s Advocacy Center is Monday, April 28th.

It’s a three hour class that costs $10 dollars to cover the cost of materials.  The teaching time is donated.

Find out more and register here.