PIKEVILLE – The City of Pikeville hosted a ceremony proclaiming April as Child Abuse Prevention Month on Wednesday at noon in the Pikeville City Park.
“Child abuse is a problem that affects our entire community,” Pike County Judge/Executive William M. Deskins said. “The more we do to raise awareness, the better able we are to help with prevention.”
Judge/Executive Deskins signed a proclamation on March 23rd declaring April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Pike County. April was first declared Child Abuse Prevention Month by presidential proclamation in 1983. Since then, April has been a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse.
Commonwealth Attorney Rick Bartley, County Attorney Howard Keith Hall, Family Court Hon. Judge Larry Thompson, Judge/Executive William “Bill” Deskins, Detective Bruce Collins—Pikeville City Police, Pike County Sheriff Rodney Scott, State Senator Ray S. Jones II, and State Representative Chris Harris were among the speakers at this year’s event.
Every year more than 3.6 million referrals are made to child protection agencies involving more than 6.6 million children. A report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for the Floyd County Times. She can be reached at 606/886-8506.