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From the Mommy Desk…
The Twelfth Annual Sweetheart Soiree will take place this Saturday, February 9th at the Love Civic Center. This is a wonderful way to support the Children’s Advocacy Center of Paris, an organization committed to serving child victims of abuse and their families in both Lamar and Red River Counties.
As a mother, it is very hard to hear that in the United States, 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before they reach 18 years old. Moreover, 1 in 5 children are sexually solicited while on the internet. That is why though uncomfortable to talk about, an organization like the CAC is absolutely critical and necessary. The purpose of the CAC is to reduce the trauma faced by children and their non-offending family members by using a multidisciplinary approach to investigations. The CAC works with the police departments, the district attorney’s office, the Sheriff’s departments, SANE nurses, juvenile probation and Texas Child Protective Services to make the whole experience of reporting and convicting sexual offenders easier on the child and the family. The CAC is also committed to providing community education and awareness on child abuse information. Finally, the CAC has a wonderful, community supported “Rainbow Room” which is an emergency resource center that provides clothing and personal hygiene items as well as other necessities to children in immediate need.
The Sweetheart Soiree is the CAC’s biggest fundraiser, and all proceeds go to support the CAC mission of promoting hope, healing and justice for child victims of crime in Lamar and Red River counties. This extremely fun and elegant evening will feature dinner provided by Hole in the Wall, the popular Dallas based band, Motion, as well as a silent and live auction. This year’s Sweetheart Soiree is underwritten by J & L Paving.
To purchase tickets to the Sweetheart Soiree call 903-784-5787 or visit them at 711 Pine Bluff Road. To report suspected child abuse, call the Texas Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-252-5400. (And what you may not know, is that everyone over the age of 18 has a duty to report, failure to reported suspected child abuse is a crime).
From one mommy to another,
Jenny Wilson is a mother of three. She teaches a Mommy & Me class at Central Presbyterian Day School, is a member of the Paris ISD school board and serves on the board of Paris Community Theatre and Children’s Advocacy Center. She also is on the PCT Children/Teen Theatre Advisory Committee, the Aiken Parent Association Board, the PJH Parent Association and is a Sunday school teacher at Holy Cross Episcopal Church. She also is a certified yoga instructor and owner of Everyday Yoga.