POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - Black River Technical College held its Fourth Annual Child Abuse Awareness Walk on April 30.
The BRTC Student Government Association and Community Connections Club presented facts and statistics, stating a total of 34 children lost their lives last year in Arkansas due to child abuse or neglect.
Child abuse survivor Chadisty Compton said she appreciated the community working to make change.
“It’s honestly overwhelming because I wish I would’ve known there was a community of people to help you when I was younger and going through it,” Compton said. “It’s nice even as an adult in healing to have that support system.”
Compton said she attended the walk for a reason.
“I’m here to speak on behalf of child abuse awareness," Compton said. "I am an adult who is here from child sexual abuse and living in an abusive home.”
Compton hopes the community understands more about child abuse.
“I think there’s a lot of shame around it even as the person who’s trying to overcome it,” Compton said. “One of the big things I’ve had to overcome is shame and I think that the more we talk about it, it diminishes that factor.”
If you or someone you know might have suffered from child abuse, contact your local law enforcement or the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD.