Community Partners Work Together to Promote Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention

Community Partners Work Together to Promote Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention

Symposium Promoting End of Abuse, Neglect Scheduled for Wednesday April 3 

MACON, GA (Thursday, March 28, 2013) – In recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Crescent House, a service of The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG), will encourage discussion of this important issue through a Child Abuse Prevention Symposium.

The symposium, which is free to the public, is scheduled for Wednesday, April 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at MCCG’s Peyton Anderson Health Education Center, located at 877 Hemlock Street in Macon. April is a time to recognize that we each can play a part in promoting the social and emotional wellbeing of local children and families. Those wishing to attend are asked to register at 

Several noteworthy events will take place at the symposium. A convocation will be held to renew the Bibb County Child Abuse Protocol at 12:45 pm in the Eversole Auditorium.  The Protocol is a commitment by the Crescent House, The Children’s Hospital, the City of Macon, the Bibb County Board of Education, the Bibb County Department of Family and Children Services, the Bibb County District Attorney’s Office, the Exchange Club of Macon and local law enforcement, public safety and healthcare organizations to end child abuse. Macon Mayor Robert Reichert will announce the city’s commitment to support children and families by ending the cycle of child abuse and neglect through continued partnerships with MCCG and other social service agencies.

David Cooke, District Attorney for the Macon Judicial Circuit, will deliver the symposium’s keynote address, “New Lies about Abusive Head Trauma.” Cooke, a frequent lecturer on crimes against women and children, served as the Chief of the Special Victims Unit of the Houston County District Attorney’s Office for four years and served as an Assistant United States Attorney, specializing in prosecuting Internet crimes against children. In 2011, Cooke was appointed to Gov. Nathan Deal’s task force on prosecuting the commercial sexual exploitation of children.

Other topics of discussion that will be explored throughout the day include the prosecution of child exploitation crimes, the psychological effects of sexual abuse, stewards of children training, the multidisciplinary team process and a review of fatalities and child deaths.

The symposium is sponsored by the Exchange Club of Macon and the Crescent House. The Crescent House is a children’s advocacy center designed to meet the needs of children who have made allegations of being abused. The Crescent House is not a shelter but a facility supplied with state-of-the-art equipment that enables specially trained professionals to conduct effective, consistent, non-threatening interviews and examinations of children who have made these allegations. It is a “one-stop shop,” utilizing a multidisciplinary team approach to the investigation, treatment and prevention of child abuse. The Crescent House is proud to staff the only forensic pediatrician in the region, Dr. Yameika Head, who treats these children and works with the multidisciplinary team to ensure an accurate evaluation of the allegations.

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