‘It is time we stop this abuse,’ Circles of Hope supporter says
Orlando Martinez stayed up late in Iraq last year to try to watch his daughter sing for the Circles of Hope Telethon via an Internet feed. About halfway through the event, the connection went down.
On Sunday evening, Martinez sat in the audience at the Carl Perkins Civic Center — relaxed and smiling — as 11-year-old Maggie took the stage to sing. It is the third year Maggie took part in the Circles of Hope Telethon, which is the largest fundraiser for the Exchange Club/Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse.
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By the time you finish reading this, 15 children will have been abused; In the next five minutes, 30 more; Within the next hour, 360 more; And by tonight, close to 8,000+ children will have suffered from abuse, 5 of which will die. Child abuse has increased 134% since 1980 and is now considered a worldwide epidemic. The high jump in child abuse deaths and the shocking increase in statistics highlights the frightening lack of public knowledge.
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