MORGANTOWN (AP) — A new public service announcement airing on television stations across West Virginia aims to give adults the courage to report child abuse and neglect.
The 30-second “One with Courage” spots tell people about the state’s 20 children’s advocacy centers, which serve a combined 32 counties.
It will air on West Virginia Media stations for eight weeks.
It says one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before turning 18, but only one in 10 will tell.
The centers treat victims of both physical and sexual abuse.
Emily Chittenden-Laird is executive director of the West Virginia Children’s Advocacy Network.
She says the idea is to highlight the bravery required of children to talk about their abuse and then encourage adults to find their own courage.