GREENEVILLE, TN–Courts across the Tri-Cities region are hearing more cases involving alleged child abuse and neglect. That increase is causing more judges to request the help of court appointed special advocates and those volunteers are spread thin. In 2008, cCasa of Northeast Tennessee helped 242 families. That increased to 306 in 2010, and because of a recent expansion into circuit courts, Casa expects to be a voice for nearly 400 children this year.
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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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