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Symbolized by the color blue, April is Child Abuse Awareness month, and the Child Advocacy Center of East Alabama is determined to open the community's eyes about the severity of this issue. Thursday, April 10, they hosted the annual mayoral proclamation signing for the month.

Dozens gathered on the lawn of the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) of East Alabama in support of the fight to end child abuse.

"It is real. It happens here. It happens in all communities. We're not immune, and we have to do what we can to protect our kids," says Abraham White with the Child Advocacy Center.

On average, more than three million reports of child abuse are made in the United States each year, and 275 of those cases are reported in Lee County and Macon County, Ala.

The CAC hosted the mayor proclamation signing, dedicating April 2014 as Child Abuse Awareness month. This month highlights the center's mission to promote awareness of child abuse and neglect, and prevent its occurrence.

Tom Slater with Twin Cedars Youth and Family Services, Inc. says, "People who work at this center make a difference. They are stopping that."

The program also included a ribbon cutting for the new sexual abuse nursing examination (SANE) room.

Decorated in yellow and gray, the SANE room is a private room for children to come after a sexual of physical assaults, so they can feel safe, and avoid the public eye.

"Right now, kids are having to go to the hospital. They are having a hard time getting these exams done. Its going to streamline it, make it easier for prosecution, make it easier for our kids," says White.

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