YWCA raising awareness of child abuse, sexual harassment

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - April is National Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, it's estimated that one in four girls and one in six boys will experience sexual abuse by the time they reach 18.

That's why the YWCA Mohawk Valley is having activities throughout the month. They're raising awareness of child abuse and sexual harassment. A teen assessment project survey found many local seventh through 11th graders admit to sexting and say they have been forced into sexual contact.

"It's extremely important to put a face on sexual abuse," said Natalie Brown, executive director of the YWCA Mohawk Valley. "Because everyone thinks it's someone who doesn't look anything like them, and it becomes too vague."

This month also addresses child abuse. According to Community Foundation figures, Herkimer and Oneida counties are above the state average rate for child abuse.

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