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April is Child Abuse Awareness Month

April is recognized nationally as child abuse prevention month.  With support from our local law enforcement agencies, court advocates and case workers, our office is on the front lines of fighting child abuse and neglect cases. As part of a community effort, our office is joining the Blue Ribbon Campaign, sponsored by the Family Nurturing Center, to bring awareness and help end child abuse. 

“There is no excuse for child abuse,” is the well known slogan but many people in our community and in our country do not know the frequency in which these crimes occur.  Additionally, all Kentuckians are legally obligated to report a child being neglected or abused to either their local law enforcement agency, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services or their County Attorney. Kentucky Revised Statute 620.030 states that failure to do so is punishable by law. 

Child neglect and abuse cases are confidential in nature and handled in the closed doors of Family Court.  Unfortunately the public is unable to truly understand the conditions that children in our community grow up in.  Children right here in Kenton County face such traumas as incarcerated parents, drug and alcohol addicted parents, sexual and physical abuse and emotional and medical neglect. It is of paramount importance that citizens urge their local legislatures to continue to fund programs that provide free or low cost trauma based counseling for these victims so that they may have a chance to grow into healthy and stable members of the community and raise healthy children of their own.   Assistant Kenton County Attorney Amy Burke fights for these young victims everyday. “My goal is to do everything within the law and my power to curb incidents of childhood neglect and abuse and hold those accountable for causing trauma to our most vulnerable and innocent victims- children.” Burke has been with the Kenton County Attorney’s Office for over 17 years and is a veteran at prosecuting both Family Court, Criminal, Child Support and Juvenile cases.

To learn more about the Blue Ribbon Campaign and ways that you can help support Child Abuse Awareness Month, www.familynurture.org.

Posted April 6, 2016 at 10:42 AM