Abuse awareness stressed
By Sgt. Joshua Bozeman
| | April 9, 2003
MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga. -- Children lined the curb outside of the Child Development Center Friday as the Base Chaplain kicked off the opening ceremony for the Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Lt. Cmdr. Roger C. Richards opened the ceremony by asking God to watch over children and to make everyone more aware of child abuse.
The smell of doughnuts wafted out an open door as Donna Mahnken, Family Advocacy Program manager, went to the podium following the Chaplain's invocation.
According to Mahnken, child abuse is on the rise. One of the best ways to prevent it is to make people aware of its severity and prevalence.
Mahnken also introduced the guest speaker, Col. Joseph Wingard, base commanding officer, who recently signed a proclamation declaring April Child Abuse Prevention Month here.
Wingard praised the CDC for the job they are doing to help prevent child abuse and to keep people informed. Wingard also said despite the state of the art equipment at the CDC, the workers inside the real reason for any success.
"This facility is just a shell run by the workers," he said. "They make everything happen.
Carmen Knox, victims advocate from the Personal Services Branch here, closed the ceremony by reminding attendees that parents and children have several opportunities at the CDC, not only for fun and educational, but also for information about counseling or any personal matters. CDC personnel can point parents and children in the right direction.
Knox also encouraged those attending to wear blue ribbons throughout the month as reminders that it is Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Several events are scheduled to help remind people not only of Child Abuse Prevention Month, but also of Victims Rights Week (April 6-12), including the Silent Walk, which will begin today at 10:15 a.m. on the corner of Broad Avenue and Washington Street in Albany, and a wreath presentation proclamation at the Dougherty County Judicial Building today at 10:30 a.m.
A Candlelight Vigil is scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church's Walden Chapel on the corner of Flint Avenue and Jackson Street. A Month of the Military Child Parade and a "Kid's Expo" at the Albany Civic Center are scheduled for April 17h and 26th respectively.
For more information, call 639-5252 or 639-5199.