The Pennyrile Children’s Advocacy Center works daily to restore hope in the lives of children who are the victims of sexual abuse in the nine-county region and the center hosted its annual breakfast fundraiser Tuesday.
Sherry Greene gave a testimonial about when members of her family had to receive services at the center and says children are treated with dignity in a safe environment.
Executive Director Candra Barnett gave the daunting statistics on how many children are the victims of sex crimes each year.
Barnett presented the Hopkinsville Police Department with its annual Community Partner Award, with Chief Clayton Sumner saying it takes the support of the center and community to properly serve the children.
The inaugural Philip Meacham Believer Award for an individual or group that supports the battle against sexual abuse went to Lakeview Baptist Church, which financially supports the center each month.
The Indian Hills Elementary School choir received two standing ovations for its performances.
Board President Meredith Cumbow made the plea for additional financial support from the community, saying the battle against sexual abuse can one day be won.
Ninety-percent of child sex abuse victims know their abuser, 9 is the median age of a child who is sexually abused and 60-percent of victims never tell anyone.