Stopping Child Abuse

By Perry Russom

April 12, 2013 Updated Apr 12, 2013 at 11:51 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Five children die every day from abuse, according to Childhelp.

Eighty percent of 21 year olds who were abused growing up have at least one psychological disorder.

"Last year, we served over 340 victims of child sex assault," said Raini Baudendistel of the Crime Victims Assistance Center. "The number keeps going up."

With April being Child Abuse Prevention Month, a new initiative in Broome County has been announced.

It's called Enough Abuse.

The Broome County Family Violence Prevention Council is teaming up with the Crime Victims Assistance Center in the program.

Broome County was one of a handful of counties in New York chosen as a pilot county for the initiative.

The county was not awarded any money for this new program, but it will work off volunteers and seminars.

The idea is to train 30 people on how to notice and prevent abuse.

Those 30 people will then hold two seminars where they educate the public on stopping child abuse.

"We hope again that this month and several activities together catch people's attention," said Erik Jensen, of the Family Violence Prevention Council. "The message is that this isn't a one-time sort of issue. This is an issue that is ongoing and we all need to be careful and we all need to be clear on how we are acting in the community."

More information on child abuse:
http://www.childhelp.org/
http://www.preventchildabuseny.org/