Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard reads a declaration proclaiming April Child Abuse Prevention Month. Child abuse is target of the Exchange Club of Albany and the Exchange Club Southwest. Club members present at the proclamation were from right, Ray Hinman, Ralph Paustian, Barney Knighton, Shirley Tyner, Lavonda Paulk and Bob Burch visiting from North Carolina.
ALBANY, Ga. -- With a yard sale set for Saturday dedicated to raising money to fight child abuse, area Exchange Clubs received support from Albany's mayor Tuesday.
"The numbers of children involved in child abuse are staggering," said Mayor Dorothy Hubbard. "I urge families and communities to become involved in protecting Albany's children."
With a proclamation that April 2012 is Child Abuse Prevention Month, Hubbard joined the city to Georgia's proclamation and a long history of national child abuse prevention.
April was first declared Child Abuse Prevention Month by presidential proclamation in 1983, according to the National Child Stress Network website, nctsnet.org.
According to the Georgia Public Broadcasting website, GPB.org, "The statistics are shocking...1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before age 18; the median age of a child who is sexually abused is 9 years old; in 90 percent of sexual abuse cases, the child is familiar with the offender; and only 10 percent of sexually abused children will tell anyone. The sexual abuse of children impacts us emotionally, but it also impacts our society financially."
It is the goal of the Exchange Club of Albany and the Exchange Club of Southwest Georgia to eliminate child abuse.
The clubs raise money and contribute to their national campaign to end the abuse and local organizations such as Open Arms, Liberty House and the Lily Pad.
The Exchange Club of Albany is holding its annual yard sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at its 810 Westover Blvd. fairgrounds site to raise money to combat child abuse.