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Preventing Child Abuse is Lane County

EUGENE, Ore. — Hundreds of people gathered in Eugene Friday with the goal of cutting child abuse in Lane County by 90 percent.

They hope to do that in about 17 years, by 2030.

Organizers say the conference at Valley River Inn is important because the number of cases went up in the past decade.

“In 2000, there were 20,000 reports of abuse and neglect in Oregon, and in 2011 there were 74,000. And so the reports are on increase, and the rates are higher than anyone would want them to be,” said Jeff Todahl, conference organizer.

The conference will continue Saturday, and it’s open to the public.

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