PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – State and local lawmakers were among those who heard from experts this morning on the issue of child sexual abuse in Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Children’s Alliance has been in place since 1990, helping victims of child abuse in Philadelphia heal as justice is sought.READ MORE: Crews Battling Massive Junkyard Fire Inside Keystone Trade Center In Bucks County
Chris Kirchner, executive director of the nonprofit, says today’s event was organized to show lawmakers and others the important work that is being done.
“We wanted to make sure that they were aware of our services,” she said. “We are hoping they will support us moving forward, obviously. We get about half our budget from the public sector. We want to maintain that money in what looks to be some really complicated budget times coming up.READ MORE: 'This Is Hatred, This Is Foul': Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner, Teachers' Union Denounce Legislation Targeting LGBTQ Youth
“We also wanted them to know that we exist as a resource,” she added, ‘that they are able to refer constituents who may have questions, who may have concerns or issues in their lives related to the issue of child sexual abuse.”
Kirchner says there are more than 140 reported child sexual abuse cases per month in Philadelphia. She says the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance was able to serve 70 victims last month.MORE NEWS: 69-Year-Old Woman Who Died After Being Struck By Police Vehicle In South Philadelphia Identified As Suzanne Shepherd
Reported by John McDevitt, KYW Newsradio 1060.