Vigil Raises Awareness Of Child Abuse Problem

Six children who died last year due to child abuse prompted one community to take action.

Health officials at Onslow Memorial Hospital held a vigil Monday night to raise awareness of child abuse.

"It shouldn't hurt to be a child" is the message medical staff at Onslow County Memorial Hospital and a family development center were trying to spread during the hospital's fifth annual child abuse vigil.

Historically--Onslow County ranks the highest in child abuse rates in the state. Officials say that's primarily because the county is also the youngest county in North Carolina--with a median age of 23.

There was a total of 388 cases of child abuse in Onslow County in 2008. But that number has dropped drastically from the thousands since Onslow Memorial Hospital started this child abuse awareness vigil five years ago.


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