EL PASO — It's a crime you rarely hear about, and sadly it's one that's rarely reported. But child abuse happens every day in El Paso.
Last year more than 200 children in Texas died at the hands of their parents or caregivers, and more than 64,000 children were neglected or abused. More than 2,000 of those kids were from right here in El Paso County.
"It's occuring all year long, every day, and every day we see a new child come through our doors," said Al Velarde of the Child Crisis Center.
The problem is, the signs of child abuse aren't always obvious. Abuse isn't just physical. In fact, the most common form of child abuse is neglect.
"This is the child that's not fed, not bottled. the child that's left alone and not cared for, diapers not changed on a baby" said Velarde.
KTSM and the Child Crisis center of El Paso are teaming up this month to make sure all of us learn to recognize the signs of abuse and neglect, so that these kids don't slip through the cracks. Several events will take place across the city during this Child Abuse Prevention Month, and we'll be bringing you a variety of segments about child abuse and how you can help.
The reality is many neglected and abused kids don't know how or who to turn to. They need you to intervene.
"A lot of times it's just common sense. You look at a child and you can see something's wrong and that child needs your help," said Velarde.
Several events will be held throughout the month in conjunction with Child Abuse Prevention Month. Here are a few of them:
April 6th - Saturday 5th Annual Family Fun Fair
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta Dr.
A proactive approach to child abuse prevention, the Family Fun Fair focuses on strengthening families and our community.
April 10th - Wednesday Go Blue Day Rally
9 a.m. at CPS downtown office,
119 N. Stanton (corner of Texas and Stanton)
Join the grassroots effort of raising awareness and support of prevention efforts by passing out blue ribbons, child abuse prevention information and marching to the County Courthouse.