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Open Arms recognizes National Day of Hope

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ALBANY, GA - (WALB) -

An Albany child advocacy organization asks South Georgians to remember child abuse victims on the National Day of Hope.

Open Arms representatives lit a candle and offered prayers during a ceremony at Ray Charles Plaza Wednesday morning.

Rakeesha Wheeler spoke about the sexual and physical abuse she suffered as a foster child... hoping it will help children now being victimized.

Wheeler said "If only they could hear my story, maybe they won't be afraid to speak up and let someone know. Look I'm being abused. So and so is doing this to me."

Open Arms officials say five children in America die each day from neglect and abuse.

Their organization serves about 6000 homeless, runaway, and abused children and teens each year.

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