Editorial: Sessions' bill would fund 800 child advocacy centers - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Editorial: Sessions' bill would fund 800 child advocacy centers

The following is an editorial from FOX6 WBRC-TV General Manager Lou Kirchen, first aired on Tuesday, July 8, 2014:

So many of us have expressed our shock and outrage at the reported, preventable deaths of children left by their caretakers in locked vehicles, whether the result of forgetfulness, ignorance, neglect or potentially far worse. How could those deaths happen?

Children don't have to die to lose their lives. In fact, I wish we had the same outrage when a child's spirit, his self-esteem, his ability to grow into a mentally healthy adult is destroyed by a child abuser…when the abuse, whether physical, emotional or sexual, is perpetrated by a parent or other family member, a family friend, a teacher or coach, minister or priest. We've not done enough to protect our children from the predators who live among us, who hide behind smiles and titles of authority. We won't tolerate behavior that will take a child's physical life, yet, as a country…a society…we don't have the will to do whatever it takes to stop the cycle of child abuse that, just as surely, destroys a child's life.

Luckily, children have a powerful advocate in Alabama. Senator Jeff Sessions has co-sponsored a bill reauthorizing the Victims of Child Abuse Act that has passed in the Senate and is being sent to the House, a bill that funds the some 800 child advocacy centers around the country. These centers, the first of which was created in Huntsville, Alabama, have been a haven for abused children…a place where justice is served and families are healed.

Thank you, Senator Sessions, for standing for and with children and their well-being! This is not about politics. It's about doing the right thing! And, you have.

Thank you.

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