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Child abuse still pressing concern
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With over 200 children receiving services at our Children's Advocacy Center last year, flags will once again be placed on The Lot in downtown McMinnville in recognition of April as Child Abuse Prevention month.City officials have approved a request from Children’s Advocacy Center executive director Martha Phillips to allow the grassy area to be used for two weeks in April for its “field of flags” and abuse awareness banner placement.“She is only asking for two weeks compared to a month, which is what she asked for last year,” said McMinnville Parks and Recreation director Scott McCord. “It will probably be the first two weeks in April because we have Arts Spring at the end of April.”Parks and Recreation Committee members Aldermen Ben Newman, chairman, Steve Harvey and Jimmy Bonner approved the request. Approximately 80 flags will be placed on The Lot by the Children’s Advocacy Center, a nonprofit agency that offers specialized services to aid in the investigation of child abuse and crimes witnessed by children.The majority of children who come to the center are alleged victims of sexual abuse.