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Upcoming walk to raise awareness for child abuse

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PRINCETON, W. Va (PRESS RELEASE)-- On April 5, 2014, Americans all across the nation will join together in over 100 cities in 50 states in walks to raise awareness of child abuse and crimes against children in the U.S..

Cities include Washington D.C., Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Phoenix, Los Angeles, and now Princeton, WV.

Million March Against Child Abuse (MACA) is a nonpartisan, grass roots, nationwide effort to raise awareness of the magnitude of child abuse, to educate the masses, and ask our lawmakers for tougher sentencing in violent crimes against our nation’s children.

The walk was spearheaded by Children Without a Voice (CWAV) Director, Lin Seahorn, who stated; “Children are the world’s greatest natural resource and should be protected above all else on earth. We have to break the silence around the magnitude of crimes against our children, educate the masses, hold our lawmakers accountable for taking these crimes seriously, and keeping violent offenders in prison where they belong. We are asking everyone to join us in the streets on April 5, 2014.”

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month There are nearly 3 million reported child abuse cases each year. However, experts believe the actual number is closer to 9 million as most go unreported. At a recent Washington DC congressional hearing, experts testified they believe over 10 children die each day in the U.S. as a result of child abuse, 4 times as many as the loss of life in the war on terror. One out of 6 boys and 1 out of 4 girls will be sexually molested by a close and trusted person before the age of 18.

About Children Without A Voice USA: CWAV is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness and preventing crimes against children, child abuse and neglect through advocacy and education. They teach classes on Shaken Baby Syndrome prevention, Good Touch/Bad Touch and AntiBullying as well as ship free educational materials nationwide. For more information, please visit www.cwavusa.org

For General MACA information, visit the Washington, D.C. Facebook page at: www.Facebook.com/MMACAmarches

For those who would like to join and support our nation’s children on April 5th, please visit www.MMACA.us

For those in the Princeton area that would like to walk, please register by visiting www.childprotectmercer.com or call the walk coordinator, Jessica Basham, at 304-922-2600.

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