Lighting the darkness: Candlelight vigil marks Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness month

PLYMOUTH — Members of the community gathered at the Marshall County Department of Child Services office in Plymouth Tuesday night to participate in a candlelight vigil to raise awareness for child abuse and neglect.
The event was hosted by DCS and Marshall County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate).
During the vigil in which attendees held candles or pinwheels, the focus was on raising awareness of this issue. April is child Abuse Awareness Month and similar events are held in communities.
Director Michael Carroll was on hand to address the crowd and Mayor Mark Senter read a proclamation in support the vigil and raising awareness in the community.
According to information provided by Kittrell, CASA volunteers devoted over 1038 hours to helping the abused/neglected children in Marshall County last year.
“In Marshall County, we had 72 children at the end of November of 2012 identified as abused or neglected, and CASA was able to serve as advocates for 52 of them in 2012,” she said.