Community rallies to prevent child abuse

Mayors and other government officials throughout Catawba County are banding together to spread the word about preventing child abuse, an issue that has become more important than ever in recent years.

City, town and county elected officials all recently approved resolutions declaring April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Catawba County — an effort leaders say will begin this month and be an everlasting goal.

In 2011, Catawba County Social Services received 2,985 child abuse reports involving 5,915 children.

To read more of this story, pick up the Tuesday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.