HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – It's an uncomfortable fact, but child abuse and neglect happens. The National Children's Advocacy Center said about 70 percent of American youth suffer from some type of adverse abuse.
"When adverse things happen to people, it affects the way their brain is wired and the way it develops," Center Director Chris Newlin said.
The stories of parents starving, beating, or molesting children are hard to hear, but there's hope for children to live "normal lives" after the abuse.
"We now have evidence-based treatments, mental health interventions, that make a tremendous difference. We're be able to reduce children's symptoms related to trauma," Newlin said.
Newlin said the road to recovery isn't easy, but that's why there are places like the Advocacy Center to help. Newlin said this is why it's so important for people to talk openly about child abuse. "That's why there's Erin's Law in the state of Alabama; talking about child abuse in the schools making and sure kids are aware, make it like a public health issue where it's openly discussed," Newlin said.