Children’s Trust calls for volunteers for child abuse awareness event

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Children’s Trust (CT) is calling for volunteers to help bring attention to child abuse in a way never done before for the organization.

The name of each child reported as abused in the 14 jurisdictions served by the child advocacy group in 2019 will be read aloud. That’s 14,246 names.

CT hopes through this event, called Save Jane, “Roanoke, Bedford, New River Valley, and the surrounding areas will recognize the absolute magnitude and prevalence of child abuse in our region – it’s everywhere you look,” said Beth Eisenzimmer, the Children’s Advocacy Center Family Advocate coordinator.

Volunteers will identify the children as “Jane Doe” and “John Doe” to protect their identities and say their ages at the read aloud, said CT.

The organization estimates the reading of all the names will take 15 hours.

The Children’s Trust welcomes anyone from the area to take part in reading a section of names. Prominent figures in the community have already signed up to participate in this inaugural event, according to the organization.

The Children’s Trust joins 12 other Children’s Advocacy centers and child abuse prevention organizations in the nation hosting a Save Jane event, according to Children’s Trust.

This awareness event began in 2019 by Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, said the organization.

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