Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

May 1, 2014

Prevent child abuse in Appanoose County


The Daily Iowegian

---- — Prevent child abuse in Appanoose County

Dear Editor,

Our children deserve a chance at a bright future and it begins with creating a community that invests in their safety and well-being.

This April, Appanoose County participated in National Child Abuse Prevention Month to increase awareness that child abuse is preventable and that we all play a part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families in our community.

Appanoose Family Alliance /Community Partners for Protecting Children, celebrated the month with several activities. Two of the major activities offered were the Healthy Kids Fair and the Blue Out Day. The reason that the Appanoose Family Alliance/CPPC is so dedicated in bringing awareness to our community is reflected in our county’s statistics. In 2011 there were 101 confirmed reports of child abuse in Appanoose County and in 2012 there were 61 confirmed reports of child abuse in Appanoose County. As more and more awareness is brought into the county, there is more interest in our efforts. There were 314 participates at our Healthy Kids Fair this year and the hope too that this continues to grow as our county improves and continues seeing less and less child abuse.

Preventing child abuse is truly a community effort. By offering services that educate and support parents, Family Alliance and CPPC helps ensure that children in Appanoose County grow up safe, nurtured and able to reach their full potential. With everyone’s participation, we can become a community that reaches out to all families in need before a crisis occurs.

Join us in building brighter futures for our children by: Volunteering with Appanoose Family Alliance and teaming up with your neighbors to create a caring and connected neighborhood.

To learn more, check out our face book page at Appanoose County Family Alliance and CPPC or come to our meetings on the second Thursday of the month at the Drake Public Library at 12 p.m.

Sincerely,

Shelly Hornaday

CPPC Coordinator

Seymour

Keep up the discussion year round

Dear Editor,

As this year’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month comes to a close, Crisis Intervention Services is urging everyone to keep discussing this issue throughout the year. In order to prevent sexual violence, we must first shatter the silence around this topic. According to the American Cancer Society and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, it is more likely for a male to be sexually assaulted than to develop prostate cancer, and it’s twice as likely for a female to be sexually assaulted as to develop breast cancer. We must address this epidemic of violence.

There are ways to combat the prevalence of sexual violence in our society. Open and honest conversations with our adolescent children about healthy sexuality and consent help counteract the inaccurate and destructive messages they see daily in popular media. Cultural change is possible if we refuse to tolerate sexist and victim blaming comments from others, and if we examine ourselves and strive to eliminate those things from our own attitudes.

In addition to providing services for victims, Crisis Intervention Services also has resources and programming that aim to prevent sexual assault. Coaching Boys Into Men is a set of training materials for boys’ sports coaches that teaches them how to start meaningful conversations with their athletes about showing respect on and off the field; CIS provides these materials and technical assistance to any interested coaches free of charge. Mentors in Violence Prevention is a program for middle school, high school, and college-aged youth teens are trained to teach peers how to be positive, engaged bystanders when witnessing situations related to gender-based violence; CIS staff both deliver these sessions and train others to do so.

For more information contact our Sexual Assault Prevention Specialist, Charisa Wotherspoon, at (641) 673-0336 or charisaw@stopdvsa.org. We don’t have to live in a culture of violence, but in order to change it people need to stand up and speak out. Will you join us in making a difference?

Sincerely,

Charisa Wotherspoon

Sexual Assault Prevention Specialist

Crisis Intervention Services

Oskaloosa

Main Street’s focus on business district

Dear Editor,

The Organizing for Main Street Committee has been asked, “Why does Centerville need another group to focus on the Centerville Historic Square?

Doesn’t the historic preservation, the Chamber and economic development already do this?” No. These groups exist, but their responsibilities are expansive and include the entire county. None of these groups have activities or efforts dedicated specifically to the revitalization of Centerville’s business district.

The Chamber’s responsibility includes the entire county and their responsibilities focus largely on promotion and events.

Economic development’s responsibilities focus on job creation and retention, also for the entire county. They manage the Revolving Loan Fund for businesses and seek funding for industries. Historic preservation is responsible for determining historic contexts and preserving these histories within the whole community.

We have the primary business district, and there is currently no group solely dedicated to the revitalization and sustainment of the heart of our town.

The Organization Committee for

Organizing for Main Street

Becky Maxwell, committee chair

Nancy Bennett

Amber White

Brett Mihalovich

Neil MacArthur

Cyndee Knight

Bev Jewett

Emily Hanes

Ian Miller