Tuesday, February 10, 2004

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Attorney General Abbott Helps Launch Public Service Campaign Aimed At Protecting Children

AMARILLO – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today partnered with Family Support Services of Amarillo to launch a new public service campaign designed to raise awareness of child sexual assault in the Texas Panhandle. The ad campaign coincides with Sexual Assault Prevention Month which begins in April.

“Our children are Texas’ greatest natural resource,” said Attorney General Abbott. “Protecting them from predators and from the devastating effects of sexual abuse is everyone’s responsibility. I’m proud to have partners in our efforts like Family Support Services of Amarillo.”

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Partially funded by the Office of the Attorney General’s Crime Victim Services Division, Family Support Services is a private, nonprofit organization that has been providing services to children and families in the Amarillo area for more than fifty years. It provides crisis intervention, community education and counseling as a means to empower families.

Executive Director of Family Support Services, Roy Bowen, joined Attorney General Abbott in unveiling the television spots and billboards. “The message of the child sexual assault initiative -- ‘Don’t Hurt, Get Help’ -- is essential to get to every home, every family, and every child,” said Bowen. “Although child sexual assault is a national problem, the harm and detriment to our children are also a local issue we must all address in Amarillo, Canyon, and the Panhandle.”

The PSAs urge adults to report suspicions of child sexual assault. Help for victims in the Amarillo area is available through Family Support Services 24-hour crisis line at (806) 374-LIFE (5433).

The Office of the Attorney General administers grant programs and compensation to help crime victims in Texas. Last year, more than a million dollars in crime victims assistance was paid to individual crime victims in the Amarillo area; another $273,800 was awarded to other area nonprofit crime victim organizations.

In addition to funding from the Office of the Attorney General, the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services provided grant money for the campaign.