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CANDLES AT THE COURTHOUSE: Vigil held for child abuse and neglect

April 17, 2013

Sherry Sausaman (center), of Whitley County’s Domestic Violence Task Force, speaks to a group of people at the gazebo on the Courthouse Square Tuesday night. From left, Judy Bowers, Sausaman and Phyllis Fry. Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott

COLUMBIA CITY ­— Remembrance, awareness and prevention were key focal points at last night’s candlelight vigil held at the Whitley County Courthouse.

Residents from across the county gathered at the Courthouse to remember and pray for children affected by abuse and neglect.

Pinwheels and battery-operated candles were passed out to those present. That state of Indiana designated April 16 as an annual remembrance day, and being that this was the first year, participation from all counties was encouraged.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. To generate awareness, people are asked to wear blue Friday in support of the cause.

Child abuse and neglect has been on the rise in recent years. Reverend Larry Schmoekel, of the Collins United Methodist Church, said he attributes much of the increase to the growing use of meth and the poor economy.

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