Child Abuse Awareness Vigil

Jacksboro (WVLT) - Folks in Campbell County are also remembering children who have fallen victim to child abuse.

April is national Child Abuse Awareness Month. As part of that, a group called Court Appointed Special Advocate - also known as CASA - held a candlelight vigil Monday night to raise awareness.

CASA is an organization made up of volunteers who act as the voice of the child in the courtroom. Authorities with casa tell us, children often don't get that opportunity.

"There's so many different agencies out there that talk to the children, and they go to the courts, but we're really the one that speaks for the child," executive director Manuel Mesa said.

Officials with CASA in Jacksboro tell us they have more than 100 children in Campbell County who have a CASA volunteer.
If you'd like to volunteer in Jacksboro, you can call (423) 562-2700.


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  • by Pamela Miller Location: Jacksboro, Tennessee on Apr 25, 2007 at 12:19 PM
    As a board member for CASA of Campbell County, I just wanted to thank WVLT for this coverage of our candlelight vigil. You did an excellen job and we appreciate your help in getting out the word that we have this organization that can assist and represent abused children in our area. Thank you again.
  • by Bobbie on Apr 24, 2007 at 10:54 AM
    I was at the vigil and I think what CASA does is super. Children need someone who can speak for them and stand up for them. Child abuse is something that never should happen but when it does it is wonderful to know there are people out there who really care about what happens to them.

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