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April is both Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Awareness month. Last year roughly 42,717 children in Texas experienced child abuse including sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse and neglect. Locally, in 2020 Roxanne’s House, the child advocacy center serving Hays and Caldwell counties served 530 victims of child abuse. Child abuse affects children in numerous ways: psychologically, behaviorally, and physically.  

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By |Child Abuse|

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Help Prevent Child Abuse This April

By |Child Abuse|

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By |Sexual Assault|

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By |Healthy Relationships|

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By |Dating & Domestic Violence, Healthy Relationships|

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By |Dating & Domestic Violence, Healthy Relationships|

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By |Healthy Relationships, Self-Care|

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By |Dating & Domestic Violence, Healthy Relationships|

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By |Healthy Relationships, Quizzes|

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By |Dating & Domestic Violence, Healthy Relationships|

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