Area officials recognize child abuse, sexual assault awareness month

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Almost 80,000 children inthe New York State were victims of abuse and neglect in 2010.

In honor of Child Abuse Preventionand Sexual Assault Awareness month, the YWCA  and area officials discussed the impact ofthese crimes and addressed the work being done today.

One area college studentalso shared her personal story and explained how she was once a victim of childabuse.

“I think I was avictim when I was still afraid to speak about it. I’m a survivor now because Iget to say I’m here. I’m a survivor standing here and telling my story andeducating others and freeing myself,” explained Margarita Cuevas-Cruz.

The YWCA will be holdingits Take Back the Night rally next week to raise awareness about child abuseand sexual violence.

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