Stop the Silence aims to put an end to child abuse, sexual assault and other violent crime.


By SARA VANDEN BERGE


Think violence and child abuse don’t occur in places like Erath County? Think again.


In 2020, there were 387 cases involving child abuse, neglect or exploitation reported to Child Protective Services, according to Jennifer Thurman, an Erath County juvenile probation officer.

Stop the Silence, an event aimed at raising awareness to such violence, will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20, at Optimist-Jaycee Park.


The annual event is always held during National Crime Victim’s Week, from April 18-24.

“Stop the Silence is an awareness event and rally to put an end to child abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence and other violent crime,” Jennifer told Beneath the Surface News. “We want to reduce the number of victims in our community.”


District Attorney Alan Nash, Sheriff Matt Coates and a representative from Tarleton State University are among the speakers.


A march will take place at the end of the rally.