April is National Child Abuse Prevention month. Children in trouble may be screaming for help; hear their silent cry. Be part of the solution, be aware, report. Please don’t ask "What if I’m wrong," ask "What if I’m right."
* * Editor’s Note: April is National Child Abuse & Prevention Month. However, this issue deserves our attention everyday throughout the year. Kudos Linda!
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Linda Blackiston, RDH, BS, is a manager of Professional Education for Philips Oral Healthcare. She volunteers with Mid-Atlantic PANDA (Prevent and Abuse Neglect Through Dental Awareness) providing courses on recognizing and reporting cases of abuse and neglect. Linda serves on The Samaritan Women board of directors; which is a long-term restoration program for victims of human trafficking. She also volunteers educating the community on human trafficking issues.