MOUNT VERNON — “Only the strong survive” is just a catchy proverb until it’s applied to the most vulnerable of us to highlight the dark reality of abuse and neglect. All too often the young, the old and the weak are robbed of their innocence, health, emotional well being and property as a result of crime. When he took office in 2005, Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher made the pursuit of felony child abuse and sexual child abuse convictions a top priority. A glance at national statistics and at two recent local incidents illustrates why.
According to the Center for Disease Control, a report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds and violence sends 750,000 children a year to emergency rooms. Nearly 2,000 of those victims die as a result of their injuries, and many more suffer lifelong effects.
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