Pinwheels for Prevention

EUGENE, Ore. — Child abuse and neglect continues to plague our state and nation, and one local nonprofit is using pinwheels to try to raise awareness about the problem as a part of Child Abuse Prevention Month. Driving by Parenting Now in Eugene, you can’t miss the bright blue pinwheels.  Dozens are now planted outside, … Continue reading »

Child Abuse Prevention Month

ALBANY, Ore. — April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and a regional nonprofit is asking for the community’s help in taking part. ABC House, a nonprofit that helps child abuse victims in Benton and Linn Counties, is teaming up with various businesses this month to raise awareness. Coastal Farm and Ranch, CoEnergy Propane, Many … Continue reading »

Father Accused of Child Abuse

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A Springfield father is in jail after being accused of abusing his six-month-old baby. Springfield police officers say they responded to McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center Monday to investigate suspicious injuries to a baby. They say their investigation led them to the child’s own father. Brian Wynn, 20, was formally arraigned Wednesday afternoon at … Continue reading »

Crowds Gather At Great Rotary Duck Race

EUGENE, Ore. — Six local non-profits will be receiving big financial help after all of the money raised in The Great Rotary Duck Race. Alton Baker Park was filled today with supporters of these organizations that are receiving funds to help prevent child abuse. “I feel excited,” said Patricia Wigney, executive director at Bridgeway House. … Continue reading »

Local Child Foster Rate Highest in State

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County has one of the highest rates of children in foster care in the state of Oregon. With nearly a thousand children currently in the foster care system, National Child Abuse Prevention Month hits close to home. The Eugene organization Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) says oftentimes child abuse is not … Continue reading »

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. … Continue reading »

Second Abuse Victim Comes Forward

EUGENE, Ore. — Another alleged victim came forward Tuesday, following accusations that a former Eugene pastor sexually abused children. That man is suing the United Methodist Church for neglecting to protect victims from a sexual predator and child molester. He says he was sexually abused by Bill Walker, who served as pastor at the Eugene … Continue reading »

Local Program Helps Prevent Child Abuse

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Being a parent can be hard, and raising your first baby even harder. Every year there are 5,000 reports of child abuse and neglect in Lane County. Of those, 1,700 are confirmed–that’s 39 percent higher than the state average. But a Lane County program is looking to change those statistics and says … Continue reading »

“Children of the Manse”

April 21, 2010 By Brandi Smith EUGENE, Ore. — April is Child Abuse Awareness Month, an opportunity to educate people about a crime that happens all too often. In Lane County alone, more than a thousand children are living in foster care because their parents cannot or will not protect them. It’s a life most … Continue reading »