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                       A lot of us think 'stranger danger.' But the majority of all child abuse, physical abuse or sexual abuse, happens with somebody who is close or in the family.
 —Trevor Storrs, president and CEO of the Alaska Children’s Trust
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explains Trevor. “If they think their friend may be in danger or is being hurt, what do they do? How can they stand up to help their friend?” Encourage children to report potential abuse, buddy up with their friend, and, if
they see their friend in a bad situation, make up a reason why their friend needs to leave with them, he advises.
Lastly, parents can protect kids in their community through advocacy. With the state’s budget being cut year after year, it’s vital to keep track of where funding is going for programs
for kids. Abbe says that Best Beginnings’ budget now is about $600,000 less than it was three years ago, and other non-profit organizations providing free services to families in need
are in the same boat. Here are Abbe’s simple suggestions
for staying in-the-know about Alaska’s child advocacy policies: Sign up for thread’s Action Center and receive alerts specific to child care advocacy; sign up for your legislator’s – or many legislators’ – newsletters; or follow the Alaska Legislature movements directly at their website.
   Resources:
Alaska report child abuse hotline: 1-800-478-4444
CDC statistics on lingering impact of child abuse - cdc.gov/ violenceprevention/childabuseandneglect/consequences
Help Me Grow Alaska – a2p2.org/help-me-grow-alaska thread – threadalaska.org
Alaska Legislature info – akleg.gov
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