ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – Limestone County’s most vulnerable residents are the focus of a two-day conference this week. Tuesday morning, law enforcement authorities, attorneys, social workers, school counselors and clergy gathered to learn more about preventing child abuse in their community.
The Limestone County District Attorney’s Office and the Athens-Limestone Children’s Advocacy Center sponsored the event, which featured speaker Jim Holler. Holler is a retired Pennsylvania police chief and nationally-known consultant specializing in child abuse investigations and internet crimes.
Claire Jones is with the D.A.’s office. She says getting someone of Holler’s experience was of great help to organizers – as they prepared for this first event of its kind in Limestone County. All agree education is key to preventing child abuse.
“It’s just about awareness and understanding of what goes on behind closed doors, a lot of times,” said Jones.