GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. National Child Abuse Prevention Month comes around every april but keeping our kids safe should be a yearlong activity.
Mesa County's effors to prevent child abuse has produced some pretty positive results in the Grand Valley.
Since the release of the 2006 Welfare Data, the number of reported cases of child abuse in Mesa County has increased by 40 percent.
These numbers relfect an active community involvement in protecting kids from suspected abuse.
"I have seen a tremendous amount of kids who come through here and after talking about the abuse feel a sense of relief and just a weight relieved from them," says family advocate, Meghan Ventling.
If you wish to report suspected abuse there are different ways to go about it.
You can call local authorities by dialing 911 or call the Child Abuse Hotline to anynonmously inform those who can help.