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Multiple organizations team up to end child abuse

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Several organizations have partnered together to end child abuse in Kentucky. Kosair Charities and nearly 20 other groups came together at Slugger Field today to rally around the cause.

More than 100 people looked on as the coalition made a bold and ambitious proclamation to end child abuse completely in the next ten years.

Mellissa Currie, the Chief Medical Director at Kosair treats abused kids every day.

"We see bruises, broken bones, and we even see our youngest babies being injured."

In a state where over 18,000 children were victims of abuse in 2010, one group is aiming to change that.

"If we are going to be number one, it's going to be in basketball," says Jerry Ward. He says it was just four years ago that Kentucky ranked as the top state for child abuse, and although cases have lessened, the work isn't over.

Kosair Charities is aiming to end child abuse all together in the next decade. A goal that Currie recognizes as ambitious.

"It's bold. And we may or may not actually get there but the point is to set our sites high and to work as hard as we can to better this problem and make a difference," says Currie.

For Lori Brent and her family, the issue hits way too close to home. As an infant, her son Jake was abused by his babysitter

"I picked him up from my way home from work, and when I picked him up, he had that look, that cry that I had never seen and I had an instinct that something was not right."

Jake had broken bones, and even showed signs of past fractures.

It was a nightmare Lori never thought she would live, but is now standing up to fight.

"It doesn't matter if you have a college degree, where you live, or where you're from -- it happens," Lori said. "And it happens to anyone."

These days, at four years old, you would never know that Jake once suffered at the hands of an adult.

"I write with my left hand, I golf with my left hand, I do everything with my left hand," proclaims the youngest of three.

Putting his mom at ease, while giving these 20 or so organizations more reason to fight.

A website -- http://www.faceitabuse.org -- is being launched by the coalition this week to offer tips on how to handle known cases of child abuse and neglect.

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