Child Abuse Conference To Be Held In Ross County

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Next week, the National District Attorneys Association will gather in Ross County and one of the topics of discussion will be child abuse.

A training session will be conducted called "Justice in our Communities: Investigation and Prosecution of Child Abuse."

Julie Oates is with the Child Protection Center and says this conference will benefit Southeastern Ohio groups that deal with abuse.

"We're getting some updated training on ways to investigate, ways to prosecute, ways to be trauma-focused when we're working with our children," says Oates.

Statistics show that nearly one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before turning 18.

Oates says this impacts us all.

"So, we know that it reaches our communities. Whether we talk about it as a community is a different story, but we know that it does impact our communities," says Oates.

Oates hopes that with this conference, local agencies will be able to work better together and protect more kids.

The convention will take place November 15th through the 17th.

Oates appeared on WOUB TV's Newswatch last night.