Become a Hometown Heroes Business and Help Child Abuse Victims

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Support child abuse victims and honor the Hometown Heroes that help them by partnering with the Child Advocacy Center's 3rd Annual Hometown Heroes Walk for Children on Friday, April 20.

Local Hometown Hero Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price is the event's presenting sponsor. His foundation Project One Four is one of many organizations supporting child abuse victims this spring through the Hometown Heroes Walk for Children.

Community support is critical to the Child Advocacy Center as all services are provided at no cost to child abuse victims and their families.

One in ten children are victims of sexual abuse by the time they turn 18. With statistics like that, it would seem as if nearly everyone may have contact with one or more child throughout their lives that are victims. In Murfreesboro, Child Advocacy Center Executive Director Sharon De Boer told WGNS...



"Child abuse victims should never have to pay for services to help them heal from the trauma of abuse," said Child Advocacy Center Executive Director Sharon De Boer. "It takes the support of generous people in our community for us to continue to provide these critically needed services free of charge to children and families."

The Child Advocacy Center works as a multidisciplinary team with the Department of Children's Services, law enforcement, and the District Attorney's Office to investigate and prosecute child abuse cases and help children and their families heal from the trauma. In the last 18 years, the Child Protective Investigative Team, consisting of the Child Advocacy Center, the Department of Children's Services, law enforcement, and the District Attorney's Office have worked together to investigate and prosecute 13,606 child abuse cases and assisted over 20,000 individuals.

Eighty percent of the CAC budget is funded by federal, state, and United Way grants while the remaining 20 percent has to be raised from the local community through fundraising events like the Hometown Heroes Walk for Children.

There is still time to support our Hometown Heroes. Businesses, civic organizations or other groups who wish to help child abuse victims heal may contact Child Advocacy Center Development Coordinator Kristina Troglen at 615-867-9000 or ktroglen@cacrutherford.org.

Hometown Heroes Walk for Children is presented by Project One Four A David Price Foundation. Silver Supporters include Emergency Physicians of St. Thomas Rutherford, Franklin Synergy Bank, Murfreesboro Noon Exchange Club, Murfreesboro Young Professionals, PATCO, Redstone Federal Credit Union and Steel Technologies. Bronze Supporters include Ascend Federal Credit Union, Bratton Bros. Services, Bridgestone, Cumberland Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics of Murfreesboro, Ferrous Processing and Trading Co., International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 429, Lewis Bakery, Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors, Middle Tennessee Natural Gas Project Hometown Help, NovaCopy, Rogers Group, and Walmart Distribution Center. Friends of the CAC include Sandra Benson, Batteries Plus Bulbs, Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County, Bryan and Mary Beth Lawrence, and Southern Joint Replacement Institute.

"The Child Advocacy Center is grateful to all of the Hometown Heroes businesses, civic groups, women's groups, churches, and individuals that are partnering with us to support this event," said De Boer.

What: 3rd Annual Hometown Heroes Walk for Children
When: Friday, April 20, 2018 | Registration 11:00 a.m., Speakers 11:45 a.m., Walk 12:00 p.m., Picnic Lunch & Reception at conclusion
Parking/Shuttles: FREE parking and shuttles available at 1040 Samsonite Blvd., Murfreesboro Shuttles will depart to Civic Plaza at 10:45 and 11:15 a.m.
Where: Walk begins at Civic Plaza, Murfreesboro and concludes with picnic lunch & reception at 1040 Samsonite Blvd., Murfreesboro
How: Walk for FREE, Register online at www.cacrutherford.org

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