Colorado Springs, CO, April 2, 2013 – At 9am on Thursday, April 4th at Centennial Hall (200 S. Cascade) the El Paso County Commissioners will formally recognize the month of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Commissioner Sallie Clark, who serves as the liaison to the Department of Human Services Advisory Commission and District Attorney Dan May will give a brief presentation about the Not One More Child Coalition they started in January of 2012. The goal of the coalition is to not have one more child in El Paso County die as a result of abuse or neglect.
“After we saw 10 child fatalities due to abuse or neglect in 2011 we knew something had to be done,” said Commissioner Clark. “Over the last year the Not One More Child Coalition has brought together more than 140 representatives from more than 47 organizations throughout El Paso County working to protect our most vulnerable citizens. The organizations involved include law enforcement, military installations, the Department of Human Services, hospitals, school districts, community groups, non-profits and a long list of others.”
“Protecting our children from harm is an obligation we all share,” said District Attorney Dan May. “A child’s death or injury at the hands of a parent or guardian is a community-wide tragedy that requires a community-wide response. Our office is committed to preventing crimes from occurring, whenever possible, and an important component in that goal is outreach. We have formed this Coalition with members of various segments of our community and each and every contribution is integral to its success. Child homicide is preventable.”
Commissioner Sallie Clark and District Attorney Dan May will discuss the work of the Not One More Child Coalition up to this point, the results of the work and what the coalition is planning to do in the future.
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