Facebook movement to support child abuse awareness

Kristen Guilfoos
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - A new movement on Facebook is spreading like wildfire, and child advocates are hoping it spreads an important message just as quickly.

You've probably seen your Facebook friends change their profile picture to their favorite cartoon character... Or maybe you've even done it yourself. Regardless, it's all in an effort to raise awareness about child abuse.

Child advocates we spoke with say they don't expect the movement to stop any child abuse, but they hope it will encourage people to look for signs of it and have the courage to report it. On top of that, they're hoping it will encourage people to help the cause.

CASA's Melanie Franklin says, "Become more involved if you really want to make a difference. Step up and be a volunteer. A lot of people have said oh that's way too hard I could never do that, that's too sad. What I say to those people is the little bit of discomfort and pain we go through is nothing compared to what these children have been through."

CASA, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, is in desperate need of volunteers... If you'd like to take part in helping child victims,  you can call CASA at 373-2272 or log onto www.amarillocasa.org. To report child abuse, call 1-800-252-5400.