A team of Womack Army Medical Center nurses and XVIII Airborne Corps attorneys came together to help raise awareness and support for victims of child abuse.
The group participated in the Fayetteville Child Advocacy Center’s annual Ultimate Lip Sync Showdown at the Crown Center Ballroom, March 24.
Representing Womack’s sexual assault medical forensic examiners were Kelly Taylor, Holly Rodriguez, Kelly Adelman, 1st Lt. Jessica Moroney and Capt. Tonesha Sorrell. Maj. Jeremy Steward, chief of justice, and Capt. Vivek Shah, lead trial counsel, from the XVIII Abn. Corps Staff Judge Advocate Office also participated. Their team, the Flaming Lips, won third place in last year’s competition and brought it strong again this year with a well-choreographed routine, but were edged out by other local teams.
“While we come out here to win, it’s really not about that,” said Kelly Taylor, WAMC’s sexual assault medical forensic program manager. “It’s a way to come out and show that Fort Bragg is part of the local community and help raise awareness about preventing child abuse.”
The event opened by remembering the three children whose lives were lost last year due to child abuse, reminding everyone that while it was a fun event that there is still a real need to provide a safe environment for children free from abuse. The Child Advocacy Center received 696 reports of child abuse in the local community during fiscal year 2017.
Taylor said that everyone can play a role in helping prevent child abuse.
“It’s as simple as talking to people and paying attention to what is going on around you,” said Taylor. “An abused child could be a neighbor, a friend’s kid, a niece or nephew. If you see someone being abusive toward a child, you need to report it. Not one of us can afford to be a bystander when it comes to protecting children.”
April is a month focused on bringing attention to children both at Fort Bragg and in the local community as the Month of the Military Child and Child Abuse Prevention Month. Anyone can help raise awareness for child abuse prevention by planting blue pinwheels in their yard in April to help represent the bright future that every child deserves.