Loudon Times • April 3rd, 2019
By Patrick Szabo
It’s National Child Abuse Prevention Month and Del. Wendy Gooditis (D-10) put the spotlight on the difficult topic during a policy roundtable Tuesday night at the Leesburg Town Hall.
Eleven child abuse experts from the county, state and other organizations participated in the forum, which focused on child abuse prevention and responses and aimed to give lawmakers recommendations to better protect children, along with state Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-10), Del. Karrie Delaney (D-67) and Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-34) also participated in the conversation.
Better training and more access to affordable childcare services were two issues raised frequently during the discussion.
Buta Biberaj, a Leesburg attorney who is running for commonwealth’s attorney, pointed out that many cases of sexual abuse involve individuals that children trust, and not necessarily strangers.
John Walker, the Loudoun County Public School System’s director of Student Support Services, said that kids are more vulnerable to sexual abuse today because of their access to social media. He said it was important for school personnel to connect with parents and help to make kids comfortable when reporting sexual abuse.Read More