Group hosts conference to discuss abuse, family violence

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LAYTON, Utah -- Utah is eighth in the country for child abuse cases, according to Prevent Child Abuse Utah.

This week, the group hosted a two-day Joining Forces conference to discuss abuse and family violence.

“I’m just trying to give education and tools and resources to those so they can help protect themselves, and end child abuse if it is happening to them as soon as possible,” said associate director, Carrie Jenkins.

Tuesday morning, Davis County District Attorney Troy Rawlings will discuss one of Utah’s worst cases of abuse- Ethan Stacy.

The 4-year-old was beaten, burned and buried by his mother and stepfather in 2010.

But it’s just one of many cases the state records. According the Division of Child and Family Services, in 2014, Utah had about 6,900 cases of child abuse or neglect. Of those, sexual abuse was the most common, followed by child endangerment and physical abuse.

We’re all about prevention,” explained Jenkins.

The conference continues Tuesday at the Davis Conference Center in Layton.

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