The Lifetime docu-series Surviving R. Kelly has brought not only national attention to the R&B singer but also to a larger issue at hand.
In Franklin County, the Children’s Advocacy Center has pulled together local resources for young women and children of all ethnic backgrounds who’ve been abused to get the help they need.
The nonprofit, child-friendly home, located on 56 Wisdom Way in Greenfield, offers children support services if they’ve been sexually and/or physically abused.
The Children’s Advocacy Center told 22News, Franklin County and North Quabbin residents are predominantly Caucasian but they included people from all ethnic backgrounds.
They said, in many cases, people of color either don’t report or are afraid to report sexual abuse.
“A lot of the times it is a person, kind of on a pedestal, and they use their position of authority to manipulate other people,” said Samantha Staelens, Case Manager, CDC of Franklin County and North Quabbin. “And I think it’s important to note that child abuse and sexual abuse goes between every socioeconomic class, there’s no race disparities. It happens to everyone in every kind of category.”
Staelens stressed the importance of community outreach and prioritizing the need to get the necessary services right away to a child in need.
Staelens told 22News, it’s important to know the signs of sexual and physical abuse and to know what resources are available.