University of South Carolina Upstate is hosting its fourth annual conference on child abuse Friday.
A Brighter Future: Ending Child Abuse through Advocacy and Education will run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 a.m.
The conference is held in the University Readiness Center by the school's Center for Child Advocacy Studies.
"The objectives of the conference are to impart a greater understanding of the problem of child abuse and the serious impact on child development and the community and to provide expert training to those working with children," , said the program's director, psychology professor Dr. Jennifer Parker.
"I want to ensure that every citizen is capable of recognizing early warning signs of child abuse and neglect and will take appropriate action to end this pervasive problem in our community."
Recent statistics have shown that one in four girls is sexually abused before the age of 14, and one in six boys is sexually abused before the age of 16. Even more children suffer from maltreatment which includes not just physical and sexual abuse, but emotional abuse and failure to meet the basic needs of the child.