Spreading The Word About Child Abuse Prevention

A child abuse prevention vigil Wednesday night in Lenoir County aimed to get the word out that more needs to be done to help abused and neglected children.

In Lenoir County alone last year there were nearly 1,000 reports of alleged abuse or neglect.

Colleen Kosinski is director of the Guardian Ad Litem program of Pitt and Lenoir Counties. She says last year over 30,000 children in North Carolina were abused or neglected - seventeen died. And she says not enough is being done to prevent child abuse. "In North Carolina did you know it is a felony to steal pine straw or steal a dog but in many cases child abuse is just a misdemeanor...that's something we need to look at."

The Department of Social Services asks community members to report abuse or neglect if you suspect any wrong behavior. They say your anonymous phone call could save lives.

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 21, 2011 at 01:20 PM
    i just hope judges will listen to the victom of a horrible thing like this and not believe the evil person who would abuse a child. and thats what happend. its just soo corrupt.. and judges are supposed to be fair. this wasnt FAIR! i hope every judge that is like this one losses their job and for anyone to abuse i child i hope they go to jail. and for this judge in particular (who i think is just a crappy judge) i hope he regrets the disicion he made till the day he dies. thats all i have to say..
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      by Anonymous on Apr 21, 2011 at 07:50 PM in reply to
      This comment was made by the fifteen year old boy who was abused. I hope the guilty parties will read it.
  • by Supporter on Apr 21, 2011 at 11:57 AM
    Remember CPS has to "accept" a case BEFORE they investigate!!!! I wonder how many cases were not accepted that eventually ended up with continued abuse or death????
  • by suzyq on Apr 21, 2011 at 10:25 AM
    I heard this story this morning on the tv from another room, and thought maybe the speaker was one of our elected officials who realized the stupidity of child abuse as a misdemeanor only--should have known they are too busy looking out for the $$$ that got them elected in the first place to tackle true, tragic issues in our society!!
  • by anonymous on Apr 21, 2011 at 05:24 AM
    As long as we have judges who are swayed by money and high powered atorneys, children will continue to be abused. I know a recent case where a judge told two chilren that they were lying when they told him their father assaulted them by choking one of them and pushing the other one to the floor and kincking her.I know personaly that this incident happened. I don't think they will ever trust onyone again If it should happen again.
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      by concerned citizen on Apr 21, 2011 at 06:24 AM in reply to anonymous
      I know about this case too. He was poor excuse for a judge.
  • by 250 Location: Jax on Apr 21, 2011 at 02:18 AM
    A liscense requirement to bear children should put a slow down on most cases.
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      by tiger on Apr 21, 2011 at 05:42 AM in reply to 250

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