Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

Letters to the Editor

June 23, 2012

Letters to the Editor for Sunday June 24, 2012

Corsicana — Consider becoming a CASA volunteer

The trial of former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky is dominating the news. Every day, sordid new details emerge about his alleged abuse of children entrusted to his care. Because he was considered an upstanding citizen, no one could imagine he might be taking advantage of vulnerable boys entrusted to his care. And because of his standing, the children were afraid to cry out because they feared they would not be believed.

Unlike the Sandusky case, there is little outcry about the thousands of children abused every year in Texas — one every eight minutes according to figures from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Most of them are abused by people known to the children. Every 38 hours in 2011, a child died from abuse and neglect in Texas.

In 2011 in Navarro County, our children's advocacy center interviewed 150 children about being the victims of child sexual or physical abuse. Our CASA program represented 118 children who had been the victims of neglect or abuse that required them to be removed from their home and placed in foster care.

But the outrage over these statistics is remarkably absent.

If the Sandusky case makes you angry, turn that anger into good for our children in our community.

Consider becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate - a CASA volunteer. Of those 118 children here in Navarro County, only 62 had a volunteer CASA to represent them. CASA volunteers are ordinary people appointed by judges to speak up for the best interest of children, who through no fault of their own, end up in foster care. Last year, there were 46,063 children in Texas' custody and more than half did not have a CASA volunteer to speak up for them in court and in the child welfare system. These children went through the terrifying process of being removed from their homes and losing everything they knew. CASA volunteers work to move children through the foster care system and into safe permanent homes as quickly as possible.

For more information call our office (903) 872-3772 and make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children.

Shannon Dunn

Training Coordinator

or Jenny Bratton

Executive Director

En español

Sandra Cole

Volunteer Supervisor

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    June 11, 2012

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    Un-welcome mat
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    Fond farewell
    To the Editor: I am retiring from teaching at the end of this year and I would like to take a moment to say “Thank You” to everyone who has had a part in this journey. My 27 years in the field of education have been an adventure for which I will always be thankful.

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    To the Editor: The Emhouse Community Center had a Fundraiser Fish Fry on May 17

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    May 23, 2014

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    Thanks for service
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