NAPLES, FL — It’s not the warm and fuzzy work people assume nonprofits do. That’s one of the first things Armando Galella or Jacqueline Stephens will tell you of the collaborative work done by Catholic Charities of Collier County and the Children’s Advocacy Center through its Child Protection Team. They also will tell you that child sexual abuse is a growing problem in Collier County — one that many people don’t equate with Southwest Florida.
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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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