Child Abuse Education, Prevention Discussed at Logan Press Conference
Union County State’s Attorney Tyler Edmonds thanked the Poshard Foundation for its work with abused and neglected children in the region and also gave a shoutout to those social workers and law enforcement agency representatives who work tirelessly for the benefit of children.
“Child abuse is a community issue. It’s not just a law enforcement issue,” Edmonds said. “I encourage you all to be active in your community. Volunteer your time to help a child. Everyone says they’re against child abuse. But what are you going to do to prevent it from happening?”
Edmonds added that he has seen too much of the bad side of child abuse – from the physical and mental effects the child must deal with to the denial and disbelief of the families involved.
“But I have also seen the good side to the problem if you want to call it that,” he said. “I have seen the dedication of the child advocates, DCFS (Department of Children and Family Services) representatives, and law enforcement officials. I have seen the healing take place.
“What we can’t do is ignore child abuse,” Edmonds said. “It does happen here in Southern Illinois. It happens everywhere and we can’t stop it if we pretend it doesn’t exist.”