Advocacy Network for Children is planning a flag raising ceremony in honor of April being National Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention Month. The flag raising ceremony is to honor child victims who have been abused, neglected, or have lost their life to abuse or neglect over the years.  The event will take place on Thursday, April 7, at 12:15 p.m. on the 5th Street side of the Adams County Courthouse at 521 Vermont Street.  A local law enforcement Honor Guard will be present for the raising of the flag and local agencies and organizations in the county, as well as the general public, are invited to attend.

Since opening its doors over 25 years ago, Advocacy Network for Children has advocated for thousands of abused and neglected children in Adams County.  Protecting and upholding the rights of children when wrongs have been committed against them is the heart of its mission.

Child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education.  A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds and more than five children die every day as a result of child abuse.

About 30% of abused or neglected children will later abuse their own children.  More than 90% of juvenile sexual abuse victims know their perpetrator in some way.  As reported by Childhelp (www.childhelp.org).