Senator Charles Schumer (front) was joined by Oswego County Social Services Commissioner Gregg Heffner, Child Advocacy Center staff memebrs, and Oswego County school superintendents at a news conference Tuesday at the CAC. Schumer discussed the Violence Against Women Act and called on the House of Representatives to pass the law.

County child abuse cases jump 58 percent in one year

Senator Charles Schumer (front) was joined by Oswego County Social Services Commissioner Gregg Heffner, Child Advocacy Center staff memebrs, and Oswego County school superintendents at a news conference Tuesday at the CAC. Schumer discussed the Violence Against Women Act and called on the House of Representatives to pass the law.

by Nicole Reitz

A recent report has shown that child abuse cases spiked 58 percent in Oswego County from 2010 to 2011.

The Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County serving 384 children that were victims of child abuse.

To address this issue, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer visited the Child Advocacy Center’s Fulton office Tuesday.

Schumer is calling on the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the Violence Against Women Act. Last week the Violence Against Women Act passed the Senate 68-31.

The original VAWA bill expired one year ago. The law would provide grants for health-care providers to better identify symptoms of abuse, court training in abuse cases and establish an Oswego County Court Advocate for victims.

Oswego County does not currently have a court advocate, but the legislation would provide funding to support a permanent advocate to fight for child abuse victims.

Oswego County court officials plan to apply to create the advocate position in the event that the final bill is passed and become law.

To read the rest of the story, pick up a copy of The Valley Newscted by the potential passage of the bill.

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