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Wood County has a Child Advocacy Center that will be expanding its presence to Ritchie and Pleasants counties in the near future. “It’s allows them to come to a ‘child-friendly’ place that keeps them out of the police station to talk about the abuse,” says Lisa Sutton, Executive Director of the Center. “The child can tell their story and are more relaxed while the interview is being recorded, so the child only has to tell their story once.”
They provide services for 0-18 years old who allege they have been abused.
The video recording is admissible in court, so the victim does not need to appear in the courtroom to face the accused. There is a three-person medical team associated with the Child Advocacy Center that can perform examinations
“It’s going to be a process of a few months to bring our equipment to set up in Ritchie County,” said Sutton, “but it will eliminate the kids having to travel to Wood County for interviews and the medical exams.” Currently, children are sent to Clarksburg or Charleston for the medical exam with any alleged abuse.
Child Advocacy Center Expanding To
by Debbie Frederick
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Pizza House, Harrisville
4:00 p.m. Ritchie County Library, Harrisville
5:00-8:00 p.m. Ellenboro Elementary School
7:00 p.m. NBSP Lodge
Celebration Of Life
To Mark Child Abuse Prevention Month
by Debbie Frederick
A small crowd of people gathered on the lawn of the Ritchie County Court House Friday afternoon to commemorate Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Erin Norman, Child Protective Services with the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) said the ceremony is called a celebration of life because of the second chance many abused children can have if taken care of in time by those who protect them. Those are law enforcement, child protective service workers, child advocacy workers, and others with the DHHR.
Katrina Christ, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Ritchie County, told those in attendance that every minute five children die from child abuse across the country. Of those five children, 80% of them are under the age of four.
“And that doesn’t count all of the children who suffered abuse or neglect at the hands of their parents,” said Christ. “These children are not able to tell, because if it’s your mom or your dad - the people you’re supposed to trust - or a beloved family member is the one abusing you, it’s really hard to tell someone.”
County Commissioner Floyd Hodge, Sr. read the official proclamation accepted by the county to recognize April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Blue and white balloons were then released to signify those children affected by child abuse. The blue and white pinwheel has been adopted as the symbol for Child Abuse Prevention Month.
8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. DOH Garage, Ellenboro
WVU Partners With NASA To Launch State’s
from WVU Today
High above Earth in the darkness of space, more than 100 miniature cube satellites, or CubeSats, orbit the planet in a silent ballet. The state of West Virginia is about to join the dance for the first time with the help of a new collaboration between West Virginia University, NASA’s Independent Verification and Validation program, the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium and TMC Technologies in Fairmont.
As part of the White House Maker Initiative, NASA aims to launch 50 small satellites from all 50 states in the next five years. West Virginia is the first of 21 “rookie states” that have not previously participated in NASA’s CubeSat program to be chosen. This will also be the first time a mission from West Virginia will orbit Earth. It is slated to launch as an auxiliary payload on a NASA rocket in mid-2016 through NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative program.
The CubeSat will be roughly the size of a loaf of bread. Its primary goal will be to demonstrate the capabilities of the software-only simulation environments developed at NASA’s IV&V program to better support current and future NASA missions. It will also contain experiments from faculty in the WVU computer science and electrical engineering, physics and astronomy and mechanical and aerospace engineering departments.
4:00 p.m. Smithville Community Bldg
BAKED STEAK DINNER
Saturday, April 25th
Smithville Community Building
Children 12 and under: $5
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11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Smithville Community Bldg
Family Advocate Rachel Hescht (l) and Executive Director Lisa Sutton, of the Child Advocacy Center.