(c)2013 NPT PHOTO BY NELSON MORAIS The Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center recently held a public awareness reception at its offices in Newport. A presentation was made on the long-term effects of sexual abuse in children. From left, seated, are: Jimmy B. Dunn, district attorney general; Donna Koester, executive director of Safe Harbor; Valerie Fancher, of the Chamber of Commerce; and Rose Gainey, a therapist at Safe Harbor. Standing, left to right, are Dan Metcalf; Crystal Piarrot, Cope coordinator; Lucy D. Hooper; Mechelle Robinson; Spencer Thomas, of the Newport Medical Center; Cocke County Mayor Vaughn Moore; and Tom Newman, program development director for Safe Harbor. In the back row standing, from left, are Jason Oury, detective for the Cocke County Sheriff's Department; Maurice Shults, Police Chief of the Newport Police Department; Jenny Stith; and Wendy Williamson, of the Department of Children's Services.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
(Last modified: 2013-03-12 09:21:33)
Author: Nelson Morais
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-Safe Harbor, a Child Advocacy Center serving the 4th Judicial District of Tennessee, held a public awareness reception at its Cocke County office recently.

Safe Harbor is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit agency that treats child victims of sexual and physical abuse, neglect, or witnesses to a violent crime or act.

According to Safe Harbor literature, one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before they reach the age of 18, but only one in 10 will tell.

That comes out to 958 girls under 18 in Cocke County being sexually abused, and 606 boys under 18 being sexually abused. Of the total, only 1,564 will tell before reaching the age of 18, according to the literature.

For more details, please see the Tuesday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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