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Speaking out against abuse

<p>photos by KENNETH FRY</p><p>Crawford County Circuit Court Judge Mike Medlock speaks to the crowd gathered on the courthouse lawn Wednesday to bring awareness to the devastating effects of child abuse and neglect. The Crawford County Division of Children and Family Services organized the event in recognition of April being Child Abuse Prevention Month. A march followed through downtown Van Buren to the train depot gazebo where information on child abuse and neglect was distributed.</p>

photos by KENNETH FRY

Crawford County Circuit Court Judge Mike Medlock speaks to the crowd gathered on the courthouse lawn Wednesday to bring awareness to the devastating effects of child abuse and neglect. The Crawford County Division of Children and Family Services organized the event in recognition of April being Child Abuse Prevention Month. A march followed through downtown Van Buren to the train depot gazebo where information on child abuse and neglect was distributed.

<p>Sheriff Ron Brown and members of his staff were part of the crowd which gathered on the courthouse lawn Wednesday to bring awareness to devastating effects of child abuse and neglect. The Crawford County Division of Children and Family Services organized the event in recognition of April being Child Abuse Prevention Month. A march followed through downtown Van Buren to the train depot gazebo where information on child abuse and neglect was distributed.</p>

Sheriff Ron Brown and members of his staff were part of the crowd which gathered on the courthouse lawn Wednesday to bring awareness to devastating effects of child abuse and neglect. The Crawford County Division of Children and Family Services organized the event in recognition of April being Child Abuse Prevention Month. A march followed through downtown Van Buren to the train depot gazebo where information on child abuse and neglect was distributed.

<p style="text-align: left;">Laney Wilson of Spiro (left) and Jennifer Sutton of Muldrow with signs they carried for the march.</p>

Laney Wilson of Spiro (left) and Jennifer Sutton of Muldrow with signs they carried for the march.

<p style="text-align: left;">The march leaves the courthouse lawn, heading up Main Street in downtown Van Buren before ending at the train depot gazebo.</p>

The march leaves the courthouse lawn, heading up Main Street in downtown Van Buren before ending at the train depot gazebo.

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