April marks Child Abuse Prevention Month

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - "There's a song that says let's give them something to talk about.   That's our mission this month," said Executive Director of the Northeast Arkansas Children's Advocacy Center, Susie Cover.

At the Northeast Arkansas Children's Advocacy Center, they're talking about preventing child abuse and educating others about what to look for if they suspect it.

"This is the best starting point for a child that's been hurt," said Cover.

Cover calls the center a starting point for a child who has an allegation or someone has reported a child has been either physically or sexually abused.

"A special investigator is here, a forensic specialist, who is specially trained to do these interviews to get a child comfortable and let them tell their story of abuse," said Cover.

Cover says the interviews are taped and viewed only by the appropriate people.  She says the goal is for the child to only tell the story once.

"We can make it easier, or we can make it more traumatic for a child as we prepare a case," said Arkansas Attorney General, Dustin McDaniel.

Touring the center Monday afternoon, Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says this center is designed to keep the child, the victim, in mind.

"I wish we didn't have to have one at all, but if you're going to have one, it's been done properly here in Jonesboro," said McDaniel.

A tool McDaniel says for helping kids, educating the public, and preventing child abuse.

"There's no excuse for it, and one is too many, but our system is in place to try and bring justice to those circumstances," said McDaniel.

"We are just getting started as far as education goes.   Our outreach efforts are really going to swing into action this year," said Cover.

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