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7 Rivers Region Big Brothers Big Sisters recognizes National Volunteer Month and its importance

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - The month of April represents National Child Abuse Prevention Month and National Volunteer Month.

Big Brothers Big Sisters 7 Rivers Region reached out to News 19 to highlight the importance of violence prevention and the need to provide proper care to children early in their lives.

According to the CDC, 1 in 7 children experienced some form of abuse in the last year in the United States. The CDC reports that these statistics are likely an underestimate.

With the recent closures of many youth organizations in the area, Big Brothers Big Sisters is providing resources for matches and encourages Bigs to remain consistent for their Littles who may feel isolated or fearful.

Kate Bickett, the Community Relations Manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters 7 Rivers Region, said it is a huge factor in child development for kids to have positive adult role models in their life.

"When children see healthy relationships, it will allow a child what their life can be like, to see the difference between toxicity and positivity," Bickett said. "When a child has a positive and healthy adult in their life, it can ignite a child's potential and their possible future."

The CDC reports that in 2018, nearly 1,770 children died of abuse and neglect in the United States.

If you are interested in becoming a 'Big' for BBBS7RiversRegion, visit their website here.

Child Abuse and Neglect Resources

If you know a child is being abused or have concerns about a child's well being, you can view a list of local resources here to report.

You should report your concerns to La Crosse County Department of Human Services: Phone:  608-784-4357 (HELP)

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Lindsey Ford

Lindsey Ford is a multimedia journalist.

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