Child Advocacy

Law enforcement agencies and children’s advocates are speaking out about the war against sexual predators.

The Barren River Child Advocacy Center hosted an orientation this morning in Bowling Green for media professionals. The ultimate goal was to break the silence about the ongoing epidemic of child sexual abuse but at the same time explain their responsibility to protect the privacy of the victims involved.

The center’s Executive Director says one of the biggest myths they have to overcome is that a child has to have a physical injury to be the victim of abuse. That’s only the case less than a third of the time.

Dawn Long, from the B.R. Child Advocacy Center says, “That should be good news but when you are going into it looking for things to prove, that’s only one aspect of a huge issue.”

If you suspect a child may be a victim of sexual abuse, report it immediately to your local law enforcement agency or you can call the Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-572-6200.