Prevent abuse, get involved
April is Child Abuse Prevention month and a great time for all of us to be thinking about what we can do to stop child abuse in Douglas County. As the Director for CASA of Douglas County, I am acutely aware of the prevalence of abuse in our community. It is so important for all of us to watch the children we come in contact with and report abuse when we see it.
It is easy to do and can be done anonymously. During business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., call 541-440-3373. After business hours and on weekends, call 911. I can assure you that the people taking the calls are trained and experienced. They will follow up on reports of anything threatening the welfare of children. When you report, you may never know what steps are taken to investigate what you have reported. And you may never know if you helped the child you were concerned about, but you have. Take the time to make the difference in a child’s life.
There are many programs in Douglas County working to raise awareness about child abuse and to prevent it. CASA of Douglas County, the Family Development Center, and Douglas CARES are among those with this mission. We are part of a strong coalition of partners working together on a county-wide basis to raise awareness and to address abuse. That coalition is called UP2USNow! If you have not heard of this group and want to know more, please take a look at their website, www.up2usnow.org.
My personal thanks to all in the community who are working to prevent child abuse. Please join this endeavor if you are not involved. We need everyone’s participation to protect our children.