Lubbock County has the highest child abuse rate in the entire state. It's a statistic no one is proud of, but local child abuse advocates are coming together to help lower those numbers. Ultimately, they want to save the lives of children.
Marguerite Fallon, the Director of Nursing at Covenant Women's and Children's Hospital, says child abuse finds its way through emergency room doors almost every day.
"Lubbock County has the dismal statistic of being the leader in child abuse in the state of Texas. We are twice the state average," Fallon said.
Fallon has worked in medicine for 18 years. That's long enough to know that the number of children her hospital treats for abuse, is not going down.
"Everyday in Lubbock County, four children are the victims of abuse or neglect - that's staggering," Fallon said.
Covenant Hospitals is holding a Child Abuse Summit on Friday, March 29 at the Knipling Education Conference Center. It's an event aimed at advocacy and speaking for children who can't. Stakeholders and leaders in the community are encouraged to attend.
"And physicians, nurses, anyone who has a stake in child abuse," Fallon said.
Fallon says the goal is to develop a game plant that includes education, intervention and prevention.
"This is my passion, because it's something we can totally do something about, if we galvanize around the problem," Fallon said.
The child abuse summit is Friday, March 29 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Knipling Education and Conference Center. For more information email Marguerite Fallon at firstname.lastname@example.org. To register to attend, call 1-866-4COVENANT.
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