Amarillo group shines light on preventing child abuse/neglect - KWES NewsWest 9 / Midland, Odessa, Big Spring, TX: newswest9.com |

Amarillo group shines light on preventing child abuse/neglect

Posted: Updated:

Every eleven seconds, a U.S. child is reported abused or neglected.

To help lower that statistic, citizens, caregivers and daycare providers in Amarillo were invited to attend a child abuse recognition and prevention program Saturday. The program, presented by the Prevent Child Abuse Texas was hosted at First Christian Church in Amarillo. There, organizers taught ways recognize the different types of abuse such as physical, sexual, emotional or neglect.

Participants also learned how to document child abuse and how and when to report it. Because more than 90 percent of abused children are abused by their own family members, organizers say it's even more important to receive this training and education.

"We, in this area have one of the highest rates of child abuse in the state of Texas, and Texas within the United States," said TPC Family Partner and Prevention Specialist Janice James. "It's okay to talk about it, it's important to talk about it."

April has been recognized as National Child Abuse Prevention month since it was first declared in a presidential proclamation back in 1983.

  • Local HeadlinesMore>>

  • Tanker Truck Rolls in Midland, Roads Reopened

    Tanker Truck Rolls in Midland, Roads Reopened

    A crude oil tanker truck with condensate rolled over underneath Loop 250 at the intersection of Loop 250 & Andrews Highway on Friday morning.
    A crude oil tanker truck with condensate rolled over underneath Loop 250 at the intersection of Loop 250 & Andrews Highway on Friday morning.
  • Midland Man Sentenced to 150 Years Behind Bars

    Midland Man Sentenced to 150 Years Behind Bars

    One Midland man has learned his sentence after being found guilty last week on several charges. Oscar Bullis, Jr. learned on Thursday that he will serve a total of 150 years behind bars for charges of five counts of indecency with a child by contact, one count of indecency with a child by exposure and one count of criminal solicitation of a minor.
    One Midland man has learned his sentence after being found guilty last week on several charges. Oscar Bullis, Jr. learned on Thursday that he will serve a total of 150 years behind bars for charges of five counts of indecency with a child by contact, one count of indecency with a child by exposure and one count of criminal solicitation of a minor.
  • Caught on Camera: Thieves Steal Laptops From Radio Shack

    Caught on Camera: Thieves Steal Laptops From Radio Shack

    There's no such thing as a perfect crime, especially when you're trying to steal laptops from an electronic store with the surveillance cameras rolling.
    There's no such thing as a perfect crime, especially when you're trying to steal laptops from an electronic store with the surveillance cameras rolling.