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2011-11-17 / General Stories

Report Child Abuse

The Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) created the award- winning multi- media project, “ The Little Voice – Recognizing Child Abuse and Your Duty to Report It,” to raise awareness about our statutory obligation in Texas to report child abuse.

The importance cannot be stressed enough: four children die every day from abuse, and 13,700 children are abused every day. “The Little Voice” is available for viewing at www.tyla.org/ thelittlevoice or may be requested by calling 512.427.1529.

“TYLA is focused on bringing awareness to this important topic and we hope that if even one child can be helped from someone listening to their own little voice telling them to speak up about child abuse, then our work on this project was worth it,” said Natalie Cobb Koehler, TYLA president.

“The Little Voice has a dual meaning – both the voice of a brave and terrified child, but also that inner voice that tells us something is wrong, said Jennifer Evans Morris, TYLA immediate past president. “ This project encourages everyone to listen to both voices. Children simply cannot protect themselves. But we can – and it is our obligation.”

The project is made possible by a generous grant from the Texas Bar Foundation, the largest charitably-funded bar foundation in the country. Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has distributed more than $11 million in grants to assist Texas nonprofit organizations with justice- related programs and services.

TYLA develops programs designed to assist Texas attorneys in the practice of law and provides legal education to Texans as a public service.

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