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Effort to end child abuse gets $44,000 boost

Al Edenloff | Echo Press Radiothon volunteers worked the phone lines at Pete's County Market in Alexandria last Thursday, taking pledges from KIKV-FM and Cool 94.3 listeners.

Another step in eliminating child abuse moved ahead last Thursday and Friday in the Alexandria area.

KIKV-FM and Cool 94.3 raised between $43,000 and $44,000 during their "Radiothon to End Child Abuse."

This event is co-sponsored by Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota.

Proceeds will also be shared by the Douglas County Prevention Council, Pope County Help Council, Stevens County Family Well Being Committee, Todd County PEACE Council and the Grant County Child and Youth Council.

During the 23 hours of broadcast, listeners phoned in pledges and local businesses and organizations stopped in with checks to help stop child abuse.

During the live broadcast, human service professionals and community leaders discussed child abuse prevention and what local resources are available to parents and children.

Listeners also had the opportunity to bid on auction items.

The 21st annual Radiothon to End Child Abuse was held simultaneously in four locations: Bemidji (KB101-FM, KKZY-FM and KLZ-FM), Alexandria (KIKV-FM and KULO-FM), Brainerd (WJJY-FM, KUAL-FM, B93-FM and KLIZ-FM) and Wadena (KWAD-AM, KKWS-FM).

Combined, all the stations raised about $180,000 to help end child abuse, according to Dave Vagle, general manager of KIKV and Cool 94.3.

After covering expenses of less than 10 percent, all of the money raised will remain in Minnesota, split between Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota and the local agencies. Listeners could designate which counties would receive their donation.

The grim stats

Minnesota children are abused and neglected each year. In 2009, 4,742 children were abused and neglected; 44 children suffered life-threatening injuries and 21 children died from maltreatment. As grim as those numbers are, it's an improvement from 2008 when 5,400 Minnesota children were abused or neglected.

Of those abused and neglected children:

• The median age for victims was 6 years old.

• White children accounted for 51 percent of the maltreatment victims.

• 76 percent of all alleged offenders were victims' birth parents.

Children suffer many types of abuse and neglect. In 2009, counties determined that:

• 70 percent of all victims suffered from neglect.

• 20 percent of all those maltreated were physically abused.

• 16 percent of all victims suffered sexual abuse.

• 1 percent of all victims suffered medical neglect.

• 1 percent of all victims suffered from emotional or mental abuse.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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