LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Experts say child abuse comes in many different forms. And surprisingly, some abusers don't even realize that what they're doing is a crime.

As the fight to end child abuse continues, several dozen people attended the annual Community Luncheon to Celebrate the Face it Movement to End Child Abuse on Monday in Louisville.

One of those that shared their story was Dean Trippe, who said his abuse started at 6 years old and was short-lived but lasted a lifetime.

"It haunted me for 25 years," Trippe said.

His abuser was eventually caught and arrested, and on Monday, Trippe shared his story and book at the Kosair Charities-sponsored event.

Keith Inman, president of Kosair Charities, said despite improvements, there are still a lot of people who need to be educated, including abusers who don't realize they're committing a crime.

"We used to get spankings, right? Well, you know, some of those spankings were beatings, and our parents were celebrated for being disciplinarians," Inman said.

Trippe said just like Batman helped him survive child abuse, he's trying to be a superhero for other victims.

"I am definitely trying to be the thing I wish I'd had, which is what Batman did when he was a kid," Trippe said.

If you believe a child is being abused or neglected, please call the child protection hotline at 1-877-KYSAFE1.

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