Coffee County Children’s Advocacy Center Launches Join Our Quest

Joyce Prusak Executive director of Coffee County Children’s Advocacy Center announces the launch of Join Our Quest initiative, which aims to raise awareness of child abuse. Prusak said, “I’d like to thank the Tullahoma community for joining our quest to become a society free of child abuse. Tullahoma organizations and businesses have embraced our mission to fight child abuse by preventing trauma and providing healing.”

Tullahoma City Mayor Ray Knowis joined the quest of the Coffee County Children’s Advocacy Center to become a society free of child abuse.

Join Our Quest campaign engages the community and raises awareness of child abuse. Organizations will display posters and post pictures on social media. Participants include the Tullahoma Police Department, Tullahoma Mayor’s Office, Tullahoma Area Chamber of Commerce, C.D. Stamps Community Center, D.W. Wilson Community Center and Coffee County Lannom Library and 93.9 The Duck. You can see pictures on Instagram and Facebook.

Hope Sartain Nunley, executive director of Tullahoma Area Chamber of Commerce, and Tisha Fritz, membership director, hold the Join Our Quest poster of the Coffee County Children’s Advocacy Center.

The confidential nature of child abuse cases and the stigma related to sexual child abuse have led to lack of awareness in our community. We need the help of local organizations to inform the community about the problem related to child abuse.

Join Our Quest initiative invites community members to raise awareness by displaying the Coffee County CAC’s poster and posting a picture on social media. Prusak thanked everyone who displayed our poster.

Prusak is asking community members, organizations and businesses to join our quest and display our poster. Please call us at 931-723-8888 and ask for our poster.

Join our quest by raising awareness:

The Coffee County CAC fights child abuse in Tullahoma. In 2020, of the 347 referrals received for services in Coffee County, 40% of the children were 6 years old or younger, 36% between the ages of 7 and 12, and 24% were between 13 and 18. Child abuse could affect any family, church or community. Data show that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 7 boys will experience sexual abuse by the age of 18. With the confidential nature of child abuse cases, raising awareness is challenging and vital. Stigma, misconception and lack of awareness lead to the continuing cycle of child abuse. You can help by displaying our poster; following the Coffee County Children’s Advocacy Center on social media; learning about child abuse and its effects on www.coffeecountycac.org; attending the center’s events.

Join our quest by investing in your community:

Join our quest to a healthier society by donating to the center. Not only would breaking the cycle of child abuse led to fewer victims but it would lead to a healthier society. According to the American Society for the Positive Care of Children, 14% of all men in prison and 36% of women in prison in USA were abused as children. Children who experience child abuse are nine times more likely to become involved in criminal activity.

Join our quest by learning to spot red flags and reporting child abuse:

Learn to recognize possible indicators of abuse and neglect. State law mandates anyone suspicious of child abuse to report it. If you suspect child abuse, call 877-237-0004. You can report suspicions of child abuse anonymously. In 2020, in Coffee County, there were 4 investigations involving the death of a child; 244 investigations involving sexual abuse allegations; 333 total severe child abuse investigations.

Top photo: Michelle Privett with 93.9 The Duck

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. News and Sports Director for Rooster 101.5 FM, 93.9 The Duck and Whiskey Country 105.1, and 95.9. He is currently the play-by-play voice of the Coffee County Red Raiders (31 years) on The Rooster 101.5 and can be heard M-F broadcasting our local news. Lucky has done play-by-play for 3,932 (and counting) sports events on Radio & TV. He also served four years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for six years at Grundy County High School.

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