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Citing five deaths last year, Lubbock Co. promotes Child Abuse Prevention Month

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Five children died due to child abuse or neglect in Lubbock County last year, with an average of three children a day subjected to it, according to the South Plains Coalition for Child Abuse Prevention. In acknowledgement, Lubbock County Commissioners issued a special recognition for preventing it Monday.

It acknowledges the effort to unite health care, law enforcement, and government agencies in preventing child abuse through education and proactive support for parents. In the recognition, the County acknowledges most of the victims are three years old or younger.

The "Go Blue Lubbock" campaign will hold a kickoff event March 27 to promote prevention throughout April, designated National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The county urges residents to wear blue on Fridays and actively discuss ways to prevent children from falling victim to abuse.

County Judge Curtis Parrish said it will help elevate education programs to help young parents acclimate to the challenges of raising a child.

"Not just for young mothers," Parrish said, "but for young fathers, as well. We want to make sure that our young fathers also have the tools they need to be able to better cope with whatever anger issues are out there, whatever drug issues are out there -- we need to start taking parenting seriously in order to protect those little ones in our community."

The South Plains Coalition reports 10% of abuse cases are sexual, while another one-in-ten are physical; the rest, reps told the court, are considered "neglectful supervision" by the Texas Department of Family Protective Services, which includes domestic violence, substance abuse in the home, or children left unattended.

The coalition estimates Lubbock's rate of abuse to be 16 victims per 1,000 children, compared to the state average of only 8 per 1,000.

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