AUSTIN – The Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) has created “The Little Voice – Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse,” a multi-media project to raise awareness about our statutory obligation to report child abuse. “The Little Voice” includes an English and Spanish PSA and a 35-minute video, featuring actor Victor Rivers, that educates the general public, childcare providers, educators, and parents about child abuse and gives them the tools needed to detect and report it.
The importance cannot be stressed enough: four children die every day from abuse, and 13,700 children are abused every day. “The Little Voice” is available for viewing at www.tyla.org/thelittlevoice or may be requested by calling 512.427.1529.
“The Little Voice has a dual meaning – both the voice of a brave and terrified child, but also that inner voice that tells us something is wrong, said Jennifer Evans Morris, TYLA President. “This project encourages everyone to listen to both voices. Children simply cannot protect themselves. But we can.”
TYLA is coordinating with radio and television stations, the State Bar Child Abuse Committee, Child Protective Services, and nonprofits across the state to get this important message out – particularly in April during National Child Abuse Prevention month.
The project is made possible by a generous grant from the Texas Bar Foundation, the largest charitably-funded bar foundation in the country. Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has distributed more than $11 million in grants to assist Texas nonprofit organizations with justice-related programs and services.
TYLA, widely recognized as the public service arm of the State Bar of Texas, develops programs designed to assist Texas attorneys in the practice of law and provides legal education to Texans as a public service. TYLA’s main purposes are to facilitate the administration of justice, foster respect for the law, and advance the role of the legal profession in serving the public. All licensed Texas attorneys who are 36 years old or younger or who are in their first five years of licensure regardless of age, are automatically members of TYLA.