Sunflower House helping child victims of sexual, physical abuse - KCTV5

Sunflower House helps young victims of sexual and physical abuse

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SHAWNEE, KS (KCTV) -

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and there are several resources for help for children in the Kansas City metro.

Last year the Sunflower House helped 500 children from Wyandotte and Johnson counties. With April being National Child Abuse Prevention Month, child advocates want to reach even more children this year through education and prevention.

"We take April to focus on raising awareness in general - how prevalent child abuse is in our community," Bev Turner with the Sunflower House said.

The organization is a not-for-profit child advocacy center. The majority of the children they see are there for allegations of sexual abuse. About 10 percent need help for alleged physical abuse, while others have witnessed a violent crime.

At Sunflower House child advocates, law enforcement and child services can work together to help the child through a traumatic situation.

"Everyone comes together and works together. It's an ideal situation, allowing a child to tell their story in a safe, comfortable environment," Turner said.

Preventing abuse starts early. Last year child advocates went into area schools to teach education and raise awareness.

"We want to teach kids what we call the three R's of prevention - recognize, resist and report," Turner said.

More than 26,000 students were educated on abuse - a record number for the Sunflower House. It is organizers' thoughts that every child reached might be the next child saved.

This weekend there will be a family fun day at the Sunflower House from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information on the event and services available, click here.

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