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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

January 22, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -Child advocates say the number of child and sexual abuse cases in Albany has skyrocketed in recent months and they blame the faltering economy.

The Lilly Pad in December saw a nearly 50 percent increase in the number of patients in their rape crisis program over previous months.

So far in January their case managers have seen 32 children, much more than usual.

Directors say the increase numbers started in October, when economic problems started to hit the community, and some people's financial problems could be causing them to lash out in anger.

Firefly House Child Advocacy Director Amy Boney said "You have people who have been hardworking all their lives and find themselves unemployed. Financial stresses. People losing their homes. And we have seen several more each month."

Boney said they are concerned because the physical abuse to children in many cases has been escalating in recent cases.

If you suspect a child is the victim of abuse, you can call the LIly Pad at 229 435-0074.

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