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Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 508

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Tonight's special guest is Latrice Hickman, long time child abuse survivor, VP for Outreach and Promotions at one of NAASCA's favorite non profit organizations, Child Help. Chief among their many meaningful services is an International child abuse HOTLINE at: 1-800-4-A-CHILD. Serving the United States, its territories, and Canada, the Hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with professional crisis counselors who, through interpreters, can provide assistance in 170 languages. The Hotline offers crisis intervention, information, literature, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. All calls are anonymous and confidential. The Hotline has received more than 2 million calls since it began in 1982. These calls come from children at risk for abuse, distressed parents seeking crisis intervention and concerned individuals who suspect that child abuse may be occurring. The Hotline is also a valuable resource for those who are mandated by law to report suspected abuse, such as school personnel, medical and mental health professionals and police and fire investigators. For their many other services, see the web site at: www.ChildHelp.org

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