Strikes for Child Abuse Awareness

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - A strike on the lanes is a strikeout against child abuse.

Families were taking aim at the pins at Annapolis Bowl on Sunday to raise money for Family and Children's Services and attention during National Child Abuse Awareness Month.

It is estimated one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.  In most cases of abuse, children know and trust their attackers.

Therapists say we should all be aware of the signs.

"Really what you want to look for is extreme changes in behavior, so it could be sudden mood swings, angry outbursts, loss of appetite, disturbances in sleep patterns, bed-wetting, withdrawn behavior," said Tara Gogolinski, Therapist, Family and Children's Services

FCS is a non-profit agency that provides therapeutic treatment to survivors.

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