[ The Real McCoy Online Home ]                                                                                                                        April 11, 2008

Lunch & Learn to focus on 
child abuse prevention

      The Fort McCoy Family Advocacy Program will host a Child Abuse Lunch and Learn "How to See it, How to Stop It" from 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 29 at Army Community Service (ACS) 2111 South 8th Ave.

      The event will help members of the Fort McCoy community increase their knowledge of the signs of child abuse during Child Abuse Prevention Month in April.

      Participants can view a short video that tells them what they can do to help end child abuse. Everyone attending the event is encouraged to bring a sack lunch (coffee and dessert will be provided).

      Current statistics indicate that child abuse is at epidemic proportions in the United States. The Fort McCoy commander proclamation signed for the month will be available for personnel to pick up and read.

      Proclamations will be available at a display at McCoy's, building 1571, during the month of April, as well.

      Personnel can pick up a blue ribbon awareness pin at the display to show their support for the issue.

      Betsy Kelsey, Fort McCoy Family Advocacy Program manager, said that research recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicates that the tremendous stress experienced by some  Army Families, especially parenting alone when spouses are at war, is contributing to higher rates of child neglect and putting children at risk for injury and abuse.

      The Army Family Covenant rededicates the Army to make services for families commensurate with their own sacrifices as well as those of the Soldiers.

      Additionally, the Army Integrated Family Service network initiative places a major emphasis on community collaboration as a tool for supporting servicemembers and families.

      For more information about Child Abuse Prevention Month, call the Family Advocacy Program at (608) 388-2412/3505.


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