On Friday, due to the combined efforts of two local residents, both National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month and National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, will be observed in a special event at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery.

On Friday, due to the combined efforts of two local residents, both National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month and National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, will be observed in a special event at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery.  
“DiAnna Wages with the Children’s Division of the Missouri Department of Social Services and myself have teamed up again to recognize Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month,” said Laura Gulick, probation and parole office for the Missouri Department of Corrections in Neosho.
The fifth annual event will include a Child Abuse Prevention Walk, free food and drink, giveaways, vendor information booths, activities for children of all ages including face painting, crafts and more, guest speakers, as well as presentation of awards and certificates. The Neosho Fire Department will also have a firetruck on display for the kids.  
The event will be from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friday at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery.
“Last year, we had 12 community organizations represented, received donations from 15 local businesses and organizations, and served 300 hot dogs,” she said.  “This year, we hope to have twenty community organizations represented (at the event).”
The event marks a community coming together to raise awareness of child abuse and victims of crime.  April has been deemed National Child Abuse Prevention Month nationally since 1983.   Each year, the Office for Victims of Crime Office, a division of the Office of Justice Programs, part of the United States Justice Department, leads communities in annual observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW).  This year, the week will be observed April 2 through 8.  The theme this year, Strength, Resilience, Justice, reflects a vision for the future in which all victims are strengthened by the response they receive, organizations are resilient in response to challenges and communities are able to seek collective justice and healing.
    The public is invited to attend the local event on Friday to show support as well as gain awareness of child abuse and victims of crime.  The event will be held Friday, April 7 from 11AM until 2PM at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery.