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.