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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Capstone Childhood Advocacy Center urges the community to be aware
Published: Apr. 6, 2021 at 7:56 PM CDT
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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP) - National Child Abuse Prevention Month was created in 1983 by then president Ronald Reagan in 1983 to recognize victims.

Pinwheels for Prevention in Nebraska is the theme for National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Monica Shambaugh Executive Director for Capstone Childhood Advocacy Center said the pinwheels are a call to remembrance of childhood.

“Was to find something that would be whimsical or remind people of their youth and being a child and the pinwheel came about,” said Shambaugh. “Blue was the color that they chose to represent child abuse prevention month.”

Capstone said already child abuse cases are surpassing previous years in the community. The trained professionals gather information in the interview process of victims while law enforcement will watch the interview on video to determine if a case is valid.

“We already done 159 interviews this year,” said Shambaugh. “Which is more than we did in 2019 and 2020 at the same time so we think we’re going to be on a record pace.”

“We really just remind the young person when they’re in the room that today we want to talk about things they know to be truthful,” said Shambaugh. “Then they give us what they know about what they’re here for. It’s law enforcement and CPS that really bear the burden of finding out whether or not the statements that are made here are true or false.”

Capstone said one of the hardest things in this field is to not show emotion in dealing with these kids.

“When kids are talking about these terrible things that have happened to them we have to be pretty stoic,” said Shambaugh. “You can’t there cannot be tears rolling down your face or say shock a look of shock. I would tell you probably most of the interviewers here have heard just about everything.”