April recognized as Child Abuse Prevention month

The month of April is dedicated towards raising awareness of the very serious issue of child abuse.

This year is the 40th anniversary of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, which was signed by President Nixon. The legislation provided states with federal funding for prevention and treatment programs.

KTVO spoke with author Tom North when he was in Fairfield for a signing of his book, "True North: The Shocking Truth behind 'Yours, Mine, Ours'". North grew up in a home of domestic violence and child abuse. The experience made him withdrawn as an adult until he finally sought help.

"So there is help. People can get help, please seek help," North said. "Do not think you can handle this on your own. One of the reasons I wrote the book is because my mother thought she could handle this on her own and she did not do a good job. It's impossible to handle that."

North said one of the most beneficial resources available is Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, and encourages anyone in a situation of domestic violence or child abuse to reach out to their resources. For more information on CASA, click here.