COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The top group that works to prevent child abuse in South Carolina is calling on legislators to seek solutions to the problem.

Children’s Trust of South Carolina participated in a news conference on Tuesday at the Statehouse. The event announcing Child Abuse Prevention Month also included representatives from the Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers, the Department of Social Services, the Attorney General’s Office and Silent Tears.

Advocates including Children’s Trust chief executive Sue Williams called on legislators, agencies and organizations to make a concerted effort to combat child abuse and neglect through prevention, treatment and prosecution. Williams also highlighted Children’s Trust’s work to help young parents learn the skills they need.

The groups say more than 18,000 children were involved in substantiated investigations of child maltreatment in South Carolina.

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