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Child Abuse Prevention Month in Brant County

Members of Brant County Council are encouraging members of the community to wear purple in support of child abuse prevention on October 24th.

BRANT COUNTY - Brant County Council has proclaimed October 2018 as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Each year, Brant Family and Children's Services investigate more than 2,000 cases of suspected child abuse or neglect, works with over 800 families, and has approximately 300 children in care on an ongoing basis.

Mayor Ron Eddy says they wanted to show their support

"We want to promote a community that gives every child a chance to succeed. We want families to feel supported in Brant. Children deserve to belong in a safe and stable community which is free from abuse and neglect."    

County Council is inviting the community to wear purple in support of child abuse prevention on October 24th.

The annual campaign is led by Brant Family and Children's Services. Executive Director Andrew Koster says this issue needs to be addressed.

"We believe that most people are doing the best they can with what they have. However, sometimes families and children need our help. We are here to build on strengths provide support, and offer protection when needed."

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines 'child abuse' as "all forms of physical and/or emotional ill-treatment, sexual abuse, neglect or negligent treatment or commercial or other exploitation, resulting in actual or potential harm to the child's survival, health, development, or dignity in the context of a relationship of responsibility, trust, or power."

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