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Child Protection

Child Abuse Prevention

On October 5, 2019, the 16th annual PlayBingo Ladies Luncheon will bring together over 1,200 influential Austin women, the Center for Child Protection, and supporters for a common cause to end the cycle of Child Abuse and participae in a common love – Bingo.
Guests arrive dressed to impress, play bingo, sip champagne and bid on luxurious silent auction packages. The event takes place throughout this fabulous, unforgettable afternoon. This ever-popular, sold-out event benefits the Center for Child Protection, a nationally accredited children’s advocacy center. Additionally, this nonprofit organizations in Travis County investigates and prosecutes crimes against children.

For 30 years, the Center for Child Protection has been the first stop for victims of sexual abuse in Travis County.  In addition, this establishment for children provides care for physically abused children and for those children who witnessed a violent crime. Furthermore, childen go to this facility for recorded forensic interviews, medical exams, counseling and intervention. Children and their proective caregives receive these services free of charge in either English or Spanish. Last year, the Center saw 1,557 children at the point of interview and provided 10,471 services to the community.

Since 2013, Westbank Dry Cleaning participated as a generous sponsor of PlayBingo’s silent auction, helping the Center raise over $770,000 for child abuse victims at the 2018 event. Westbank dry cleaning encourages others to partner with this Charity and poudly advocates for our community’s children.

Scope of the Child Abuse Issue

Children are suffering from a hidden epidemic of child abuse and neglect. It’s a widespread war against our children that we can stop. Communities that better understand the issue are able to will begin positive steps to prevent further abuse. 

Just how bad is the issue of Abused Children in the United States?

Every year more than 3.6 million referrals are made to child protection agencies.  These referrals involve more than 6.6 million children (a referral can include multiple children).  1 in 10 kids will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday and reports of child abuse are made every ten seconds. The Center’s vision is to end the cycle of child abuse through education, advocacy and community support. Prevention is possible by learning the signs of abuse and how to protect children from abuse. 

The United States loses an average between four and seven children every day to child abuse and neglect. 

Every 10 seconds a child is abusedFinally, a report of Abused Children is made every ten seconds.