FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sergeant Charles J. Warner
Franklin PD Public Affairs
Franklin, TN – Child abuse and neglect affects more than three million of our nation's children annually. Every year, the Davis House Child Advocacy Center in Franklin serves, on average, 500 local children who have been physically or sexually abused. Partnering with police to help investigate and resolve sensitive cases involving children is why the center exists, providing invaluable resources to young victims and their families.
April is Child Abuse Prevention month, which is why the Davis House wanted to share just how many young lives they touch every year. The cutout display, created by a local Eagle Scout in 2011, will be featured on the lawn at Franklin Police Headquarters for the remainder of the month.
“The children we serve have been through some unimaginably horrific experiences,” said Davis House Executive Director Marcus Stamps. “We have a hard time making that real for the community though, because we can’t show their faces or talk about them publically. This display helps to provide a real visual that shows what so many local kids and their families are facing right here, right now, in our community.”
Franklin Police Chief David Rahinsky said, “Our partnership with the Davis House is a critical component to the responsibility we all share to protect kids. Having that partnership represented on the front lawn of Headquarters is an honor.” Sergeant Tommy Justus with the Department’s Special Victims Unit said “The resources provided by the Davis House can have an unbelievable impact on our investigations. They provide services to victims that can extend far beyond the investigation – they help child victims and their families cope, and heal.”
For more information about the Davis House Child Advocacy Center, contact Amy Baynes, Program Director at (615) 790-5900 x103 or visit www.davishousecac.org.
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