Cherokee County kicks off fundraiser

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Updated: 10/04/2013 12:05 am Published: 10/04/2013 12:04 am

More than 20 agencies from three different counties are pitching in to help keep a local child advocacy center up and running.

It includes at least seven different law enforcement agencies.
Pictures hanging up in the Help-N-Crisis Child Advocacy Center express more than the artists who are victims of child abuse could ever speak about.

"Some are naïve to what's happened. Some think it's normal because they are used to it," said Child Advocacy Center Forensic Interviewer Leah Moore.

She told FOX23's Dontaye Carter she helps some of the young victims open up about the abuse.

"We work hard to make sure those kids aren't forgotten and that they're taken care of," said Moore.

Some of these cases FOX23 has covered, for instance, the 15-month-old who was found with multiple broken bones and burns to his thigh and genital area. His mother admitted to burning the child with a flat iron. She was sentenced to 20 years in prison. We also covered the 5-year-old and his brother tattooed with gang signs. His uncle Rocky Grits was arrested for the crime.

"There have been several that upset, had me in tears but I can't let that stand in the way of why we're here and that's for the children," she said.

Moore is just one of the organizers putting this event "Family Fun Day Together" event this weekend.

The money raised will go to the District 27 Child Abuse Task Force. The event will include a dunk tank with the Tahlequah police chief, mayor and the area district attorney. It will also include skeet shooting and finger printing kits and meth lab awareness.

"I want everyone to be more aware that child abuse is an issue. It's something we need to open our eyes to and not ignore," Moore said.

The event will take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Phoenix Park in Tahlequah. It is free and open to the public.

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