Ceremony Remembers Abused Children

POSTED: Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 8:23am

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:33pm

Two hundred and thirteen children died in Texas because of child abuse last year and four of them lived right here in the Valley.

On Wednesday afternoon bells rang out in Brownsville to remember each one of those children. Cameron county held a candle light vigil, organized to remember those abused and the event also highlighted the beginning of Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month. Child Protective Services organized the event and many people showed up in numbers, such as police, the Girl Scouts and even a biker's club.

Organizers say it's everyone's job to help keep kids safe and say you don't have to be certain that there is abuse in a home to report it. Last year, CPS confirmed 83,000 separate allegations of abuse or neglect in the state. Nearly 15,000 of the confirmed cases involved physical abuse and another 6,000 involved sexual abuse.

If you suspect abuse call Child Protective Services at 1.800.252.5400.

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