BRTC to host child abuse awareness event

Published: Apr. 24, 2023 at 5:46 PM CDT
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POCAHONTAS, Ark. (KAIT) - April is Child Abuse Awareness Month. To commemorate the event, Black River Technical College will host an event Tuesday to raise awareness of this major problem.

Throughout the BRTC Pocahontas campus, flags and banners can be seen commemorating the month and honoring the victims of child abuse.

At noon Tuesday, April 25, the college will host an event in the college’s administration building to shed light on the growing problem.

Social Science Instructor Rachel Koons said one of her classes in 2016 started the event, and it’s grown every year.

“They came to me wanting to do some type of project to raise awareness for child abuse in Arkansas,” Koons said. “We started a little committee, then an event unfolded, and it has grown and grown ever since.”

Koons explained there could never be enough attention brought to the topic.

“Arkansas actually ranks really high when it comes to child abuse statistics, so we need more child abuse prevention events,” she said. “We need more awareness out there of what can be done, what you need to do if you suspect that any type of abuse is going on.”

Multiple guests are slated to speak at the event on Tuesday.

For more information, visit BRTC’s website.