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
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
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.